Success in Saxony state elections for the AfD, Germany's euroskeptic party, is unsettling for Merkel and her CDU in Berlin. However, the party isn't anything to be afraid of, says political scientist Oskar Niedermayer.
The German government has announced it will supply 70 million euros worth of high-end military equipment to Kurdish forces fighting Islamic State militants in Iraq. The move is a major shift in Germany's post-WWII ethos.
Germany has sent six soldiers to northern Iraq to coordinate the delivery of German civilian and military aid packages. The supplies aim to help Kurdish forces fighting the militant extremist group "Islamic State."
While history shows that the long-term consequences of delivering weapons to crisis areas are often difficult to predict, says expert Thomas Speckmann, there are some practical control mechanisms.
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