More than ever, the German public's distaste for military intervention abroad is shaping policy.
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.
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.
US Secretary of State John Kerry is continuing his efforts to put together a coalition to take on "Islamic State" fighters in northern Iraq and Syria. The next stop on his tour of the Middle East is Cairo.
German jihadists are participating in the 'Islamic State's' war of terror. Security experts fear they could also pose a threat to Germany. Islamic studies scholar Guido Steinberg says political action is needed.
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