[Since the publishing of this article the German elections have taken place, the FDP and the Greens are considered kingmakers, and a three-party coalition has been discussed as a likely outcome. Within days, the first controversy has already erupted, with RT's German-language channels being deleted with Google's video platform saying the Russian state-backed broadcaster had breached its COVID-19 information policy. This has caused an escalation with talk that Russia will respond by banning youtube, with Margarita Simonyan, RT's editor-in-chief, calling the ban a "real media war declared by the state of Germany to the state of Russia" in a
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