DW spoke with Angela Merkel's potential successor as chancellor, CDU leader and North Rhine-Westphalia State Premier Armin Laschet. DW Editor-in-Chief Manuela Kasper-Claridge asked for his take on foreign policy issues he might face as Germany's leader. Among the topics they discussed were the strength of democracies after the end of Donald Trump's US presidency, how to deal with Russian President Vladimir Putin and Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko, and how to handle the sticky diplomatic issue of the Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline.
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