More than ever, the German public's distaste for military intervention abroad is shaping policy.
As Israel begins a ground offensive in the Gaza Strip, European Union politicians find themselves with little leverage over Israelis or Palestinians. Now some wonder if EU aid and trade should get it more influence.
Former US National Security Advisor Brent Scowcroft tells DW the Obama administration should get more involved in the Middle East. The situation could hardly be much worse than it is now, he says.
Eavesdropping on the chancellor, spying in the intelligence service and defense ministry – the US's desire to know everything is alienating its friends. This is bad news, but it can’t be changed, says Volker Wagener.
The new German government wants a more engaged and higher-profile foreign policy. Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier, addressing parliament, told lawmakers that more German involvement was needed.
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