More than ever, the German public's distaste for military intervention abroad is shaping policy.
A leading German Social Democrat has hinted at coalition prospects with the Left party, once shunned during Cold War communism. His hint follows further gains in voter surveys by the upstart far-right AfD party.
It's been a long time since there's been this much political uncertainty in Germany. The general election is still a year away, but the refugee crisis has had a major impact on politics. Here's where the parties stand.
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.
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