Bilateral trade is becoming an early casualty of Turkey's downing of a Russian warplane at the Syrian border. The Kremlin has announced tougher checks on Turkish goods. And vacationers are being cautioned against traveling to Turkey.
Syria began its descent into civil war in early 2011, when government security forces shot and killed protesters. But if President Bashar al-Assad thought a show of force would end the protests, he was wrong.
Syrian regime forces and moderate rebels have agreed to a ceasefire north of the city of Homs. The "de-escalation" zone created there will be monitored by Russian troops, and is the third of four planned "safe" areas.
Facing further decline in German visitors due to political tensions, Turkey's tourism industry has already begun courting Middle Eastern and Balkan markets. Diego Cupolo reports from Antalya, Turkey.
With the European Commission deciding to take legal action against Poland for its efforts to take control of courts, DW takes a look at the decision-making process behind sanctions - and whether they're effective.
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