The German Marshall Fund of the United States has released its annual survey of public opinion on both sides of the Atlantic. This year's poll found majorities in both the US and European countries strongly oppose military intervention in Syria.
Turkey appears to be building a military infrastructure independent of NATO - much to the annoyance of Washington. But President Recep Tayyip Erdogan might need that new S-400 missile defense system at home.
Russia's military is holding its biggest war games in several years, dubbed Zapad-2017. NATO's eastern members are alarmed by these plans, and claim similar drills preceded clashes in Georgia and Crimea.
In his last major TV appearance before the German election, Social Democrats leader Martin Schulz has warned that Merkel's conservatives could erode social support systems. The center-left SPD is trailing in polls.
With Germany playing a larger international role, foreign policy and global security are major campaign issues. Here's where the CDU, SPD, AfD, FDP, Greens and The Left party stand on issues from NATO to North Korea.
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