The rich - and checkered - history of the Alsace border region.
At the EU summit in Brussels, Germany and France have called for Russia to be punished for its military actions in the Syrian city of Aleppo. Achieving unity, however, will be difficult.
The European Union has given Brussels a deadline to reach an agreement about the free trade deal with Canada. The Belgian region of Wallonia has rejected the ultimatum, arguing the deal hurts European interests.
Chancellor Merkel has said Berlin is open to hosting talks on the Ukraine but that a firm decision had yet to be reached. It would mark Putin's first visit to Germany since fighting in Ukraine broke out in early 2014.
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