The German foreign minister is on a charm-offensive through Southeast Asia. Guido Westerwelle is seeking to strengthen ties with the world's fourth leading financial centre.
Support for the TTIP free trade agreement with the US is waning further among Germany's Social Democrats. That's a growing problem for Economy Minister Sigmar Gabriel, who's also SPD party chief.
Asian nations are facing an evolving threat from the linkages between organized crime and terrorist groups, which are creating a wide range of risks to the countries' national security, economist Rajiv Biswas tells DW.
The EU and the US are negotiating their proposed free trade agreement behind closed doors. Third countries, for instance in Africa, have no say in these talks, although the deal could have a far-reaching impact on them.
A Philippine official recently said the country no longer deserved to be branded the "sick man of Asia" given its fast economic expansion. DW speaks to economist Rajiv Biswas about what is driving growth in the country.
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