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Merkel seeks to delay German Huawei position until after March EU summit: sources – Source Reuters Tech News

BERLIN (Reuters) – Chancellor Angela Merkel has asked her conservative lawmakers to wait until after a March EU summit before taking a position on whether China’s Huawei can take part in the rollout of Germany’s 5G network, sources involved in their talks said.

FILE PHOTO: Germany’s Chancellor Angela Merkel speaks during a news conference in Berlin, Germany, January 19, 2020. REUTERS/Axel Schmidt/Pool

Merkel believes European Union coordination on the issue is important and she has been unable to bridge differences within her CDU/CSU bloc, the sources said on Monday.

Merkel’s conservatives are divided on whether to support a proposal by their Social Democrat (SPD) junior coalition partners that, if approved, would effectively shut out the Chinese technology giant from the network.

Merkel favors strict security requirements for the 5G network, but opposes excluding individual companies.

In a meeting with a dozen CDU/CSU lawmakers last Thursday, Merkel and chancellery chief…

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