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Arms Exports

Germany's arms exports turn into gamesmanship

ImageGerman Vice Chancellor Sigmar Gabriel defied Angela Merkel by refusing to sanction the sale of battle tanks to Saudi Arabia. But this a just a minor corrective for one of the world's major arms exporters.

Arab World

Tunisia's Ben Ali's organized plunder

The laws of Tunisia were tailored to suit the Ben Ali family, which siphoned off profits from the economy. A World Bank study shows how the ruler and his family enriched themselves.

Libya

Libya looks to past for new constitution

The security situation in Libya remains chaotic - not ideal conditions to draw up a new constitution. But a 63-year-old constitution, framed under the old monarchy, could help the federalists.

Turkey

Erdogan paves way for Turkish surveillance state

Turkey's government has submitted a draft law to parliament in a bid to strengthen the position of the country's intelligence service. Critics say this will turn Turkey into a surveillance state.

Trade

Standstill at the World Trade Organization

Celebration is likely to be muted when the World Trade Organization (WTO) commemorates its 20th anniversary: the world trade body is in the midst of an identity crisis.

Terrorism

Terror attack plunges Nigeria into chaos

The growing violence in Nigeria appears to be an intractable problem. It is polarizing the country and there is disagreement over its causes and how to combat it.

Religion

Samaritan ritual slaughter keeps tradition alive

Every year, the Samaritans in the West Bank celebrate Passover by slaughtering sheep. It's another way to keep traditions alive for a people that's facing genetic problems in an ever-dwindling population.

Egypt

Egyptians protest new law on demonstrations

One month before the presidential elections protests against the government are increasing in Egypt. The activists demand more rights and the release of political prisoners.

Civil Rights

Chavez: 'Migrant workers in the US deserve new laws'

A new film depicting the life of American migrant rights campaigner Cesar Chavez recently opened in US cinemas. DW spoke to Chavez's son, Paul, who says the rights of migrant workers are often still forgotten today.

Syria

US puts Syria on the back burner

The tension over Ukraine has all but buried the chance of peace in Syria. The Syrian people, still being massacred every day, are paying the price for the awkward stalemate between the West and Russia.