More than ever, the German public's distaste for military intervention abroad is shaping policy.
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.
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.
On Wednesday, German Chancellor Angela Merkel welcomed the emir of Qatar in Berlin. Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani is one of the Middle East's most influential leaders - but his politics are controversial.
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