Germany is Turkey’s largest trading partner. So many in Turkey find Berlin’s opposition to EU membership for Ankara hard to stomach. But as the Turkish economy continues to prosper, many are asking who needs the EU.
The South American trade alliance Mercosur is trying to strengthen its clout worldwide. A free trade agreement with the EU is in the works, but some member states' domestic agendas are proving distracting.
With the deadline to ratify a global trade facilitation deal fast approaching, New Delhi's decision to block the agreement has drawn widespread criticism - not only from developed nations, but also from developing ones.
While Europeans are focusing on Ukraine and Iraq, the oldest of the Middle East issues will haunt them for some time. The wider Israel/Palestinian conflict needs the full attention of Europe, writes Mattia Toaldo.
EU, US and Mideast diplomats have called for an extension of the 12-hour ceasefire in the Gaza Strip. Medics have found scores of bodies in the Gaza rubble, pushing the Palestinian death toll above 1,000.
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