The EU wants to see more African involvement in Mali. Paris has suggested a mission of African nations, under UN leadership.
Earlier this year Algerians re-elected an allegedly repressive president in the name of security. DW talks to Algeria expert Mansouria Mokhefi about public sentiment in the wake of the murder of Herve Gourdel.
At least five UN peacekeepers have been killed in northern Mali by an explosive. In addition, three were wounded.
German Chancellor Angela Merkel has praised France's "ambitious" reforms program following talks with French Prime Minister Manuel Valls. Merkel said adherence to the European stability and growth pact remained key.
An Italian top diplomat, a former French finance minister in charge of economic affairs, a German moving across from the energy portfolio to digital economy: the European Commission has named its new commissioners.
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