German chancellor Angela Merkel spoke by telephone with Russian President Vladimir Putin. She said Russia would be a 'factor' in bringing peace to Syria. Later she announced she might meet Putin face to face in the foreseeable future.
Angela Merkel has just returned from her summer holidays and she's already braving enemy territory. DW followed her to Dresden, a stronghold for far-right populists who have no affinity for the German chancellor.
Vladimir Putin is coming to Germany on Saturday to discuss Syria, Ukraine and the Nord Stream 2 pipeline with Angela Merkel. But what can the two long-serving leaders hope to say that they haven't said before?
The German chancellor's return to work has come with a number of foreign policy challenges. Migration has dominated her agenda of late, while disagreements over Ukraine and Syria continue to fuel tension with Russia.
The two NGO workers were arrested several months ago near the Iraqi border after illegally entering Syria. The Czech Republic is the only country in Europe that maintains diplomatic ties with war-torn Syria.
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