War Games German Syria Proposal a Risk for Merkel Ally

By proposing a security zone in northern Syria, Germany's defense minister has irked important allies in Berlin and taken international partners by surprise. It is a risky move and could determine whether she will succeed Merkel as chancellor. By DER SPIEGEL Staff
German Defense Minister Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer

German Defense Minister Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer

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Kramp-Karrenbauer together with Chancellor Angela Merkel

Kramp-Karrenbauer together with Chancellor Angela Merkel

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The Turkish advance into northern Syria has Berlin searching for answers.

The Turkish advance into northern Syria has Berlin searching for answers.

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