EU leaders were focussing on reforms at their final summit of the year -- like boosting economic competitiveness. But so far they've only agreed on a time frame.
As Gaza and the rise of "Islamic State" militants in Iraq seized international headlines, Syria dropped off the media radar. But just because no one is talking about it, doesn't mean it has gone away.
Ukraine, Syria, Gaza and Iraq are currently the world's main flashpoints. What all four conflicts have in common is the need to throw decades-old approaches overboard, writes DW's Alexander Kudascheff.
The European Union has agreed to back individual EU governments who wish to send weapons to Iraqi Kurds who are fighting against IS militants. Historically reluctant Germany surprises in providing arms abroad.
The EU is struggling to come up with a response to the brutal advance of the Islamists in Iraq. It comes across as weak and uncoordinated, according to Christoph Hasselbach.
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