French ground forces are heading to northern Mali to fight Islamist rebels. A West African regional force is expected to join the conflict in the coming days, with logistical help from Germany.
The first troops from a joint Franco-German military brigade are to be deployed to Mali.The soldiers are to operate in a support and training role for forces already in the West African state.
Ahead of the French-German summit this week, German Chancellor Angela Merkel pledged more engagement in Africa and closer military collaboration with Paris. But is there true conviction behind her promises?
More support for the opposition and more humanitarian aid for civil war victims are among the demands of Syria’s interim government, which has been campaigning for understanding and help in Berlin.
Berlin and Paris long struggled to find common ground. But now they’ve discovered a new level of unity and could motivate others to take up joint projects, believes Christoph Hasselbach.
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