Syria’s seven-year war has killed hundreds of thousands of people and displaced millions more. But the conflict doesn’t only pit government forces against rebel groups. Foreign powers also have competing interests.
Vladimir Putin is meeting Merkel outside Berlin on Saturday to discuss Syria, Ukraine and the Nord Stream 2 pipeline with Angela Merkel. But what can the two seasoned leaders hope to say that they haven't said before?
Washington has cut funding pledged for stabilization projects in Syria. The Trump administration said increased contributions from coalition partners made the US payment unnecessary.
Germany is worried about Turkey’s economic stability but not enough to offer financial aid. Yet German support could be just the tool to keep Recep Tayyip Erdogan from turning his back on the EU, writes DW’s Seda Serdar.
President Erdogan announced the meeting without confirmation from his counterparts in the other three countries. Russia and Turkey have backed opposing sides in the conflict.
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