German Chancellor Angela Merkel is on a two-day trip to Turkey. Ahead of the visit Merkel gave her backing to opening a new chapter of talks in Turkey’s bid for EU membership – an offer welcomed by Turkish leaders.
As expected, Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan has announced he is running for president. Success is a given, and he will become even more unpredictable, says DW's Baha Güngör.
A year after Croatia joined the European Union as its 28th member state, no one is celebrating. But that very sense of disillusionment might also be useful, says DW's Christoph Hasselbach.
US Secretary of State John Kerry has called the aftermath of the crash of flight MH17 in eastern Ukraine "the moment of truth for Russia." He said he hoped the crash would make European countries more open to sanctions.
Rebecca Harms, co-chairwoman of the Greens in the European Parliament, believes the separatists were behind the shooting down of flight MH17. She also calls for international control of the Ukrainian-Russian border.
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