More than ever, the German public's distaste for military intervention abroad is shaping policy.
Same-sex couples cannot get married in Germany - in contrast to the situation in the US and some other EU countries. Chancellor Angela Merkel's governing Christian Democrats remain opposed.
Violent conflicts are spreading throughout the Middle East. Germany is working with Egypt, supporting Saudi Arabia and delivering weapons to the peshmerga - but the government opposition in Berlin is critical.
German states are asking for more federal funds and looking at ways to help to deal with rising numbers of refugees. DW examines some of the most frequently asked questions on the country's processes for asylum seekers.
Foreign and security policy often get short shrift in the EU. When faced with a looming crisis, Europe looks away until it's too late - leaving consequences that affect all member states, says DW's Barbara Wesel.