More than ever, the German public's distaste for military intervention abroad is shaping policy.
Foreign and security policy often get short shrift in the EU. When faced with a looming crisis, Europe looks away until it's too late - leaving consequences that affect all member states, says DW's Barbara Wesel.
Russia's annexation of Crimea a year ago caught Berlin completely by surprise. Today, Germany has taken on a greater international role, and the country's relations with Russia have changed.
Sigmar Gabriel is about to tour the Middle East with an entourage of businessmen. Back home, new documents have now revealed exactly how many weapons Germany has sold to Middle East nations in the past decade.
The Iraq war, Middle East talks, Iran nuclear negotiations: the UK has always been a major player on the foreign policy stage. But on the Ukraine crisis, London seems content to leave things to Paris and Berlin.