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.
After seven decades of self-imposed exclusion from the international arms sector, Japan has opened up to foreign companies. German firms are looking to cash in on the opportunities. Julian Ryall reports from Yokohama.
The US and the Europeans are already there: Now China apparently also wants a military base in Djibouti. Proximity to the trouble spots in the region brings the small state money, but also problems.
German Chancellor Angela Merkel has said the European Union's policy toward Eastern Europe is not intended to curtail Russian influence in the region. The EU is expected to reaffirm ties to six former Soviet republics.
The European Union is set to adopt a law that seeks to prevent trading commodities that finance armed conflicts.The US has such a law, and what remains of the European Parliament is to come up with its own version.