The EU wants to see more African involvement in Mali. Paris has suggested a mission of African nations, under UN leadership.
Media reports have said France is seeking yet another delay to meet its deficit target. The government in Paris deems it a good idea to keep austerity debates out of the 2017 presidential election campaign.
European rules have always been somewhat flexible, but they are supposed to apply to all countries. By treating big countries gently and small countries harshly, the EU strains its credibility, writes DW's Barbara Wesel.
The UN Security Council is preparing to hear from ceasefire monitors on the uneasy truce in Ukraine. The meeting follows two days without fatalities in the conflict-ridden east of the country.
With crucial bailout talks with Greece underway in Brussels, many have already deemed the negotiations all but a failure. The German Finance Minister said he was "very sceptical" ahead of the meeting.
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