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.
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.
Germany has sent six soldiers to northern Iraq to coordinate the delivery of German civilian and military aid packages. The supplies aim to help Kurdish forces fighting the militant extremist group "Islamic State."
Chancellor Angela Merkel has said that the actions of the "Islamic State" in Iraq can be called "genocide." The German government is about to break its own rules on sending weapons to conflict zones in response.
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