The EU's approach to the Belarus crisis and a new transatlantic battle over sanctions on Iran are up for debate in this week's episode, while Germany's Environment Minister Svenja Schulze sets out her plans to steer EU climate policy.
Security forces in Belarus have cracked down violently on protesters who took to the streets after strongman Alexander Lukashenko claimed reelection as president in a vote widely condemned as fraudulent. POLITICO's Andrew Gray in Brussels and Matthew Karnitschnig in Berlin are joined by Jan Cienski in Warsaw to analyze the EU's handling of the crisis, as it seeks to show solidarity with the protesters but avoid a confrontation with Russia. We also get a firsthand report from Belarus from POLITICO contributor Sergei Kuznetsov.
The panel also examines U.S. plans to put Europe in a tight spot by triggering a U.N. process to re-impose sanctions on Tehran.
On the climate front, POLITICO's Kalina Oroschakoff talks us through her recent interview with Svenja Schulze, who's trying to get EU members to agree more ambitious emissions targets while Germany holds the bloc's rotating presidency.
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