After weeks of resistance, Germany appears to have dropped its opposition to sanctions against Russian oil.
Europe’s largest economy has long tried to block a Kremlin energy ban, warning that such a move would lead to a recession across the continent.
But Vice Chancellor Robert Habeck has now said Germany “will not stand in the way of new sanctions”. He added that the country had reduced its dependence on Moscow, meaning it would no longer face a “national catastrophe” if an embargo were imposed.
But Mr Habeck still seemed skeptical about the move, and there was no mention of sanctions against Russian gas.
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What happened overnight?
Stock markets in Asia largely rose on Friday after a positive lead from Wall Street, but optimism remains high as traders operate in the shadow of war, rising inflation, rate hikes in the US and lockdowns in China.
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