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Merkel ally sees growing German support for tough Huawei stance – Source Reuters Tech News

BERLIN (Reuters) – There is a groundswell of support among lawmakers in Chancellor Angela Merkel’s conservative bloc to require firms that roll out Germany’s 5G network to be free of political influence in their home country, a senior conservative told Reuters on Tuesday.

FILE PHOTO: The Huawei logo is pictured at the IFA consumer tech fair in Berlin, Germany, September 6, 2019. REUTERS/Hannibal Hanschke/File Photo

The CDU/CSU conservative parliamentary bloc has been wrangling for weeks over how strict security requirements for the rollout should be, and whether they should effectively shut out Chinese technology giant Huawei from the network.

Merkel favors strict security requirements for the 5G network, but opposes excluding individual companies. She has asked her conservative lawmakers to wait until after a March EU summit before taking a position on whether Huawei can take part.

Norbert Roettgen, the head of parliament’s foreign affairs committee, favored taking a stance…

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