New German defence minister takes office amid Ukraine arms debate

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Germany’s new defence minister, Boris Pistorius, held his first meetings with allies on Thursday as Berlin faced an urgent decision about whether to send German-made battle tanks to Ukraine. Pistorius spoke on the phone with his French counterpart Sébastien Lecornu immediately after his swearing-in, the Defence Ministry said. “France is our closest ally and oldest friend in the European Union. Paris and Berlin have been working closely together for decades, also in security policy,” Pistorius said. His first visitor was the US Secretary of Defence Lloyd Austin. On Friday the two officials are …

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