G8 leaders are gathering in Northern Ireland - but differences between Russia and the US over what to do on Syria are already looming large.
Chancellor Merkel and President Obama don't agree on a crucial point when it comes to the ongoing Ukraine conflict, but continue to emphasize their unity, observes DW's Gero Schliess.
As Chancellor Merkel visits President Obama on Monday, the US sees Europe as a continent in crisis. Two experts take on the roles of Germany and the US to tease out the countries' views on key international issues.
China has clout in the dispute between the West and Russia and should use it, argues DW columnist Frank Sieren, because it doesn't want the Ukraine crisis to escalate.
Syria is expected to dominate discussions as the leaders of the seven leading industrialized nations, plus Russia, gather for the G8 summit. There appeared to be little chance of reaching common ground on the issue.