More than ever, the German public's distaste for military intervention abroad is shaping policy.
France and Germany increasingly hold the keys to the EU's foreign policy. While Paris focuses on the Syrian conflict to offset domestic turmoil, Berlin finds economic and security grounds to confront the Ukraine crisis.
Chancellor Angela Merkel's conservatives have won the election in the eastern state of Saxony, but they will need a new coalition partner to govern.The anti-euro AfD is set to enter a state assembly for the first time.
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.
The center-right Christian Democrats have won the election in Saxony, but will need a partner to form a government. They have ruled out a coalition with the euroskeptic Alternative for Germany.
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