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German floods — Spyware scandal — Svetlana Tikhanovskaya

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The devastating floods in Western Europe are our top story this week: We hear from our reporter in the German flood zone and debate the political consequences of the catastrophe. We also discuss a big spyware scandal and Western accusations of Chinese cyberattacks. And we hear from Belarusian opposition leader Svetlana Tikhanovskaya.

POLITICO’s Laurenz Gehrke calls in from Hagen, Germany to describe the devastation he’s witnessed in towns and villages across the flood zone and recount what he’s heard from people most affected. Weighing in on the political ramifications for Germany’s general election campaign is Chief Europe Correspondent Matthew Karnitschnig.

Senior France Correspondent Rym Momtaz joins Andrew Gray to discuss the reaction to reports that a mobile phone number used by French President Emmanuel Macron was selected for possible targeting with Pegasus spyware by a Moroccan intelligence service.

EU-China Correspondent Stuart Lau digs into this week’s joint condemnation by the U.S., the EU, the U.K. and NATO of cyberattacks on Microsoft servers, attributed to hackers based in China.

Our special guest is Belarusian opposition leader Svetlana Tikhanovskaya. Speaking to POLITICO’s David M. Herszenhorn from her office in Vilnius, Lithuania, Tikhanovskaya discusses the latest round of sanctions against the Lukashenko regime and the forced landing of Ryanair Flight 4978. She also explains what the EU can do to put pressure on the Belarusian government to hold new elections this year.

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