While they were in the Bundestag they were important. But studies show that once out of office many former deputies find they are not wanted. There's only a limited demand for former parliamentarians on the labor market. 15% say they are unemployed.
After 20 years of the Good Friday deal, peace in Northern Ireland remains fragile. Former Irish prime minister Bertie Ahern says cool heads are needed - but walked out over questions on the scandal that ended his tenure.
An old conflict is brewing in central Mali. Pastoralists and farmers are clashing, residents have been killed and thousands more have fled. DW spoke to Zahabi Ould Sidi Mohamed, a former minister of reconciliation.
With his contract expiring soon, Peter Stöger has admitted his hopes of keeping the Borussia Dortmund job hang on his side making the top four. He also faces a dilemma up front ahead of a crunch clash against Leverkusen.
Former top US officials are uncertain whether the Syria strikes will achieve their intended goal, to deter the Assad regime from using chemical weapons. But the attacks sent some key additional messages.
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