It's been the greatest triumph of her career to date. Chancellor Angela Merkel received more than 40% of the German vote in last week's elections, an unprecedented return. She is at the pinnacle of her power, unchallenged in the ranks of the CDU.
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Angela Merkel's Conservatives look set to be the strongest block in the parliament after the upcoming national election in Germany. The country's economy is in robust shape in spite of the European debt crisis. But it is still not clear that Merkel will be reelected. Germany's European neighbours, too, are looking with interest - and mixed feelings - at the continent's largest economy.
Is it simply a tactic to delay military intervention, or rather the last chance for diplomacy? President Obama says he is looking at the Russian proposal to place Syria's chemical weapons under international control, although he is sceptical about it. Is it still possible to prevent a military strike against the Assad regime?
The German election campaign is entering its final phase. None of the parties has identified the issues that can really excite the voters and there seems little appetite for a change of government. More than 17 million people watched the TV debate between German Chancellor Angela Merkel and Social Democrat challenger Peer Steinbrück. But there was no clear winner.
American officials now say they are certain that Bashar al-Assad’s government troops have employed chemical weapons in Syria, and the US is now planning a military response. UN inspectors have arrived in areas around Damascus where the gas attacks took place and reportedly killed hundreds of people, many of them children.
A fierce power struggle has erupted in Egypt between the Muslim Brotherhood and the army. International efforts to get the two sides talking have proved fruitless. Egypt's military leaders are now calling their crackdown on the Muslim Brotherhood a "war on terror". Politicians in the US and Europe now fear that they may have been duped by army chief Abdel Fattah al-Sisi.
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Melinda Crane is DW's Chief Political Correspondent, and a regular host of Quadriga. She has interviewed international figures ranging from Mother Teresa and members of a Serbian "Chetnik" militia, to Ethiopian farmers.
Peter Craven is a DW political corresondent, news presenter and a regular host of Quadriga. A British-born political science graduate, he's been living in Germany for well over two decades.