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?
Germany has surprised many with its new-look approach to take on a more active, even military, role in dealing with global hotspots. The credit for that reversal, writes Richard Gowan, goes to two people in particular.
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.
The ICC in The Hague hasn't been authorized to press charges against war criminals in Syria. Hans-Joachim Heintze, an expert on international law, explains how these crimes could potentially be prosecuted.
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.
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