Russia has promised to do everything it can to bring the Syrian civil war to an end. It has done little, though, to help those fleeing the fighting. Thousands have made their way to Russia, but authorities refuse to grant them refugee status.
German refugee helpers who guaranteed the living costs of Syrian refugees are being forced to pay back costs by job centers. Refugee organizations say people are being punished for showing humanity.
Eastern European leaders have continued to reject a refugee redistribution plan supported by most EU nations. The issue has raised questions about whether true solidarity can be achieved within the bloc.
More than two years after joining the conflict, the Russian president has announced Moscow's partial departure. But he warned that "if terrorists again raise their head," Russia will deliver strikes "they haven't seen."
Three buses and 5,000 pieces of soap: Berlin has employed the full scope of its open-minded nature to react to the horrors of the war in Syria. But not everyone is enthused, says DW columnist Gero Schliess.
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