The dieselgate scandal, political attacks on the Chancellor from inside her own party – and a World Cup that’s not quite going according to plan. What’s going wrong in Germany? DW went out onto the streets of Berlin to find out.
Its World Cup exit is part of an increasingly familiar picture. The ex-football and export champion now seems passive and indecisive, while others dominate the game. It is partly a leadership issue, says Joscha Weber.
Should world leaders go to the football World Cup in Russia? This has become a tricky question for politicians in several countries. Unusually, Germany's famous fan Angela Merkel has not yet said whether she will attend.
Nearly 70 percent of Germans polled think the chancellor should travel to Russia for the soccer tournament. Germans appear to have softened their attitudes toward Russia since the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi.
Ukrainian filmmaker Oleg Sentsov has been jailed for four years in Russia and is currently on hunger strike. His cousin told DW she is worried about his health and hopes German Chancellor Angela Merkel can help free him.
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