More than ever, the German public's distaste for military intervention abroad is shaping policy.
Germany's Left party reacted with skepticism over the government boosting military action in Syria. Counterproductive, historically ignorant, and mistaken were just some of the ways lawmakers chacterized the new plan.
German Chancellor Merkel has called for indirect efforts to stem the flow of migrants to Germany. Calls from within her own ranks to set an upper limit on asylum seekers are still not part of her plan.
One Greens co-leader takes aim at Chancellor Angela Merkel's refugee policy. The other criticizes failures in the fight against terrorism. Simone Peter and Cem Özdemir will try to return the Greens to government in 2017.
The Greens pronounced their opposition to the tightening of asylum policy during their party congress. But in an interview with DW, party leader Cem Özdemir explained why not every asylum seeker can stay in Germany.