More than ever, the German public's distaste for military intervention abroad is shaping policy.
Violent conflicts are spreading throughout the Middle East. Germany is working with Egypt, supporting Saudi Arabia and delivering weapons to the peshmerga - but the government opposition in Berlin is critical.
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.
A meeting of G7 foreign ministers, set to focus on conflicts in Ukraine and the Middle East, is underway in Lübeck. Thousands of protesters have descended on the city to voice their opposition to capitalism and war.
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.