7 Jan 2020

We can do a lot with diplomatic means to avoid war’ in Middle East – senior German MP Norbert Roettgen

Europe Editor and Presenter

The crisis in the Gulf sparked by President Trump’s decision to kill Iran’s top military commander has pushed the UK into a sticky position. Do we join our European neighbours in condemning it as a “dangerous escalation”, or do we maintain our loyalty to the US in preparation for post-Brexit trade talks?

We’ve been asking the Foreign Office and the Ministry of Defence for a Minister since this crisis started but no-one has been available – but we’re delighted to be joined by someone who has served as under-secretary in both: conservative MP Tobias Ellwood. We’re joined from Bonn by Norbert Röttgen, chairman of the Bundestag’s Committee on Foreign Affairs.