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US-Iran stand-off: Business and money may force Berlin to budge

Every time Germany's Foreign Minister Heiko Maas has to answer questions on Iran, one can literally see how uncomfortable he feels. Meticulously crafting his words, Mr Maas tries to stay as vague as possible.

In fact, the German position in the current conflict between Iran and the United States - and its Gulf allies Israel and Saudi Arabia, and Europe - is particularly delicate.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on May 21, 2019, with the headline 'US-Iran stand-off: Business and money may force Berlin to budge'. Print Edition | Subscribe