More than ever, the German public's distaste for military intervention abroad is shaping policy.
The German government has distanced itself from a report on Turkey, in which the country is described as a hub of Islamic activity in the Middle East. The report has inflamed already tense ties between the two countries.
Many eastern European countries supply arms to the Middle East. The trade is said to be worth more than a billion euros, with the majority of goods going to Saudi Arabia. But the weapons don't stay there.
"We can do this," German Chancellor Angela Merkel said a year ago. Was she right - or has Germany gone too far by admitting well over one million migrants? DW commissioned an opinion poll to find out.
On August 20, 2012, President Obama called the use of chemical weapons by Syria's Assad regime a "red line." Four years on with the Syrian war still raging, DW asked three scholars to assess Washington's Syria policy.
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