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?
Many Germans criticize Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan ahead of his visit to Cologne. But his supporters in the city are ready to cheer on the man they regard as a national hero.
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