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.
Criticism is growing in Turkey over the apparent reticence of the West to cooperate with Turkey in the war on terror. There are a number of reasons for this, terrorism experts say.
The late Saudi King Abdullah tried to make cautious changes to his conservative country and at times struggled with religious leaders. But his reign will not be known for ushering in major shifts in Saudi policies.
An uncle of President Bashar al-Assad has failed to persuade the EU's General Court to annul sanctions imposed on Syria's ruling elite in 2011. Mohammad Makhlouf can still appeal.
The new Greek prime minister is making excessive demands on the country’s international creditors. But maybe he's the only one who can make the changes Greece needs, says DW’s Christoph Hasselbach.
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