POLITICO's EU Confidential

Ep 170: EU leaders talk Turkey and Russia — Chancellor hopeful Norbert Röttgen

Episode Summary

As EU leaders meet in Brussels, we hold our own mini-summit to debate issues on the table in the European Council building — including tension in the Eastern Mediterranean and the EU's relations with Russia. Our special guest is Norbert Röttgen, who's campaigning to lead Germany's Christian Democrats and succeed Chancellor Angela Merkel.

Episode Notes

As EU leaders meet in Brussels, we hold our own mini-summit to debate issues on the table in the European Council building — including tension in the Eastern Mediterranean and the EU's relations with Russia. Our special guest is Norbert Röttgen, who's campaigning to lead Germany's Christian Democrats and succeed Chancellor Angela Merkel.

POLITICO's Andrew Gray, Rym Momtaz and Matt Karnitschnig discuss French President Emmanuel Macron's trip to the Baltics this week and debate his approach to diplomacy with Russia.

We give you a primer on what's been happening in the Eastern Mediterranean, where both Greece and Cyprus are at odds with Turkey over maritime territory. POLITICO's Nektaria Stamouli in Athens and Assistant News Editor Zia Weise, formerly our correspondent in Istanbul, break down the key issues and how they affect the EU.

Norbert Röttgen, chairman of the Bundestag's foreign affairs committee, talks to Matt Karnitschnig about migration, Russia and China. Röttgen sets out his vision for Germany's foreign policy — something he may play a leading role in shaping one way or another, as the country's next chancellor or as a government minister.