Widespread shortages fueled protests throughout Venezuela - not long ago it was a rich country. Many accuse the government of using state resources to service debts, instead of buying food for its people.
The Venezuelan president has described himself as a "promoter" of dialogue with the opposition. Opposition lawmakers have refused to endorse the talks without preconditions, saying "time for symbolic gestures" is over.
Venezuela's opposition parties have been weakened in the South American country's ongoing political crisis. DW examines the motley MUD coalition, its leaders and their political goals.
The Maduro government and the political opposition have agreeded to a third round of talks. But their contradictory demands could mean a concrete agreement to end Venezuela's political strife remains far off.
Lilian Tintori said her passport was seized ahead of a trip to Europe to discuss her country's political crisis. She has been asked to appear in court over a large sum of cash, which she said was for medical emergencies.
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