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.
Ahead of a G7 summit in Brussels, not Russia's Sochi as originally planned, Chancellor Angela Merkel has told the German parliament "Russia's behavior in annexing Crimea made this step unavoidable."
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?
The EU has agreed to a joint military mission in the Central African Republic. The decision brings the governments in Berlin and Paris back together again, says Christoph Hasselbach.
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