EU leaders meeting in Brussels on Friday were upbeat on Ukraine, saying that Russia could not block the country's European future. But above all they looked relieved as they looked back on a year winding down without a homegrown crisis.
Fresh tensions have flared up over a controversial scheme to move thousands of refugees across European Union countries. One senior official compared talks on the divisive issue to "fighting trench warfare."
Chancellor Merkel has called for the deployment of anti-terror troops in Africa’s troubled Sahel region. European and African leaders met for talks outside Paris to discuss plans to battle the growing jihadi threat.
This week, 55 African and 28 European government representatives came together in Abidjan to adopt a new strategy for Africa. Despite the expectations, the end result was an utter disappointment, writes Barbara Wesel.
The showdown involving Mikheil Saakashvili is a sideshow. But if those in power in Kyiv continue to block the fight against corruption, the consequences will be devastating, writes DW's Bernd Johann.
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