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Germany: We must be a 'good neighbour' to Russia - New SPD Chief Andrea Nahles02:47

Germany: We must be a 'good neighbour' to Russia - New SPD Chief Andrea Nahles

Germany, Wiesbaden
April 22, 2018 at 17:15 GMT -00:00 · Published

Germany's Social Democrats (SPD) elected Andrea Nahes as their new chair in the western city of Wiesbaden on Sunday. She won with 414 votes (66.35 percent) against her competitor Simone Lange.

In her speech before the vote, Nahles answered questions including her perspective on Germany's relationship with the US and Russia.

"The relationship with the US and Russia has to be taken care of but needs to be treated realistically, which includes voicing critique towards Russia," she said. At the same time, Nahles noted that it doesn't mean "turning our backs towards the politics of dialogue with Russia."

"We Germans in particular want to be a good neighbour to Russia," she added.

Afterwards, former SPD leader Martin Schulz presented Nahles with flowers and a framed picture.

The SPD is the country's oldest party. In Germany's parliamentary election last September, it suffered its worst loss of popularity of the postwar era. Nahles's priority is expected to be to rebuild support for the SPD.

Germany: We must be a 'good neighbour' to Russia - New SPD Chief Andrea Nahles02:47
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Germany's Social Democrats (SPD) elected Andrea Nahes as their new chair in the western city of Wiesbaden on Sunday. She won with 414 votes (66.35 percent) against her competitor Simone Lange.

In her speech before the vote, Nahles answered questions including her perspective on Germany's relationship with the US and Russia.

"The relationship with the US and Russia has to be taken care of but needs to be treated realistically, which includes voicing critique towards Russia," she said. At the same time, Nahles noted that it doesn't mean "turning our backs towards the politics of dialogue with Russia."

"We Germans in particular want to be a good neighbour to Russia," she added.

Afterwards, former SPD leader Martin Schulz presented Nahles with flowers and a framed picture.

The SPD is the country's oldest party. In Germany's parliamentary election last September, it suffered its worst loss of popularity of the postwar era. Nahles's priority is expected to be to rebuild support for the SPD.

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