Syria has been embroiled in a civil war since 2011, when violence broke out in the wake of uprisings against the government and pro-Assad forces.
Since March 2011 Syria has been torn by violence. In a wave of protests extending the mass revolutions of the Arab Spring in North Africa, Syrians took to the streets to demand more freedoms and constitutional protections from the government of Bashar al-Assad. The protests were violently suppressed and the country divided along religious and political lines. An exodus of refugees has flooded neighboring countries while the international community deliberates peace initiatives.
Many German companies are struggling to find workers. One Bavarian brewery has turned to refugees to help fill the gap. They come from several countries, including Gambia, Syria and Iraq. For them, getting a job is about having more independence. And that creates a “win-win,” says the brewery owner.
Syria's offensive to retake the last rebel stronghold of Idlib has been averted, for now. Nevertheless, many refugees still fear for their safety. DW's Julia Hahn reports from the Turkish border town of Reyhanli.
In Lebanon, power outages in some areas last for up to 12 hours a day. Now, the country's first wind farm is hoping to provide an extra 90 minutes of power supply nationwide, but the war in neighbouring Syria, the question of who actually owns the land and migrating birds flying through the area are posing more than a few difficulties.
The possibility of German troops joining airstrikes in Syria if chemical weapons are used is causing a rift in Angela Merkel's government. The conflict has reached the Bundestag — and the statements are getting stronger.