After the opening of the German border, an agency called Treuhand was charged with the massive task of privatizing assets in the formerly socialist East Germany. Many criticized the Treuhand's hardball policies, but it helped some companies survive.
First, Angela Merkel's conservatives suffered their worst election results in decades. Then, just last weekend, coalition talks collapsed. And yet Merkel remains the undisputed chancellor — and she has a few new options.
Voters in the Kurdish territories of northern Iraq have begun voting in an independence referendum. The ballot has created tensions domestically and internationally with the UN warning of a "destabilizing effect."
Germany's socialist Left party is the biggest of the "small parties" represented in the Bundestag - but the least likely to be part of a governing coalition. So what are the others so afraid of?
The ongoing conflict in Afghanistan has the country firmly in its grip. Security advisor Philipp Schweers looks at the current situation and what it means for refugees to return there.
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