After two years at the helm of the UN Security Council, Germany looks back at two tumultous years that put trusted alliances to the test. But how will history judge the leadership of Foreign Minister Westerwelle?
The White House has refused to grant a visa to Iran's new UN ambassador due to his involvement in the 1979 hostage crisis. The diplomatic clash comes at a delicate time in negotiations over Tehran's nuclear program.
Chancellor Angela Merkel has said Germany "must pitch in, to help bring certain conflicts towards a resolution" during a visit from the UN's Ban Ki-moon. But Merkel played down the prospect of more military involvement.
Syria has accepted Russia’s proposal to surrender its chemical weapons. It is unclear, however, if they will agree to the terms of the handover resolution that France will submit to the UN Security Council.
Germany is celebrating its 40th anniversary as a member of the United Nations, a partnership often seen as a success. But Germany's image at the UN has suffered in recent years.
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