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Who can stop Lukashenko?

November 18, 2021

Thousands of migrants are caught up in a political stand-off on the Belarus-EU border. What happens next? Guests: Katsiaryna Shmatsina (Belarusian Institute for Strategic Studies), Alexandra von Nahmen (DW), Christoph von Marschall (Tagesspiegel)

DW Sendung To The Point | Katsiaryna Shmatsina
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Katsiaryna Shmatsina, a political scientist at the Belarusian Institute for Strategic Studies, says: “Belarusians are concerned that Angela Merkel’s communication with Lukashenko might only serve to legitimize the dictator.”

DW Sendung To The Point | Christoph von Marschall
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Christoph von Marschall, Senior Diplomatic Correspondent with the Berlin daily, Tagesspiegel. And Christoph believes that: "At the EU border with Belarus, Europe finally seems to prevail against the dictators Putin and Lukashenko – thanks to determination and unity." 

DW Sendung To The Point | Alexandra von Nahmen
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Alexandra von Nahmen, the head of DW’s Brussels studio, who argues: “Autocrats know the EU‘s weaknesses and how to exploit them. To stop that, the bloc needs to fundamentally reform its migration policy.”

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