The German foreign minister is on a charm-offensive through Southeast Asia. Guido Westerwelle is seeking to strengthen ties with the world's fourth leading financial centre.
For Europeans, the list of downsides of the planned EU-US free trade agreement is long: lamentable transparency, private arbitration and more. Europe cannot afford to compromise on its standards, says DW's Jens Thurau.
The documents leaked by Greenpeace on the free trade agreement between the EU and US caused quite a stir. The environmental group has the most to gain from the publicity, writes DW's Miodrag Soric from Washington.
Germany's Ambassador to Afghanistan, Markus Potzel, talks to DW about the success of a campaign launched by the German government last year to raise awareness among Afghans embarking on perilous journeys to reach Europe.
The US president praised Chancellor Angela Merkel as a "trusted partner" and described her handling of the refugee crisis as "courageous." Obama is in Germany's Hanover to talk free trade and security.
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