In talks with his Qatari counterpart, German Foreign Minister Guido Westerwelle called for an end to the civil unrest and the violent military crackdown.
Egypt's former longtime president, Hosni Mubarak, is to face a second and final retrial over the deaths of protestors. Hundreds were killed during the 2011 uprising which toppled him from power.
A military coup in Egypt, assassinations in Tunisia, civil war in Syria: The Middle East saw heavy power struggles this year. DW reviews key developments in countries still grappling with the effects of the Arab Spring.
Fighters from a Libyan offshoot of the terrorist "Islamic State" militia murdered 21 Egyptian hostages. There's a danger of instable Libya becoming a new IS-stronghold, terrorism expert Guido Steinberg warns.
The Arab Spring began in Tunisia in 2011. In the run-up to the recent elections, a team from DW went there to see if the country is really on course to become the region’s first true democracy.