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If Angela Merkel has her way, the euphoria in Athens about Sunday's referendum result will prove short lived. There is a discernible hardening of attitudes in Berlin.
It has been a bad week for the American-led "strategy" against militants from so-called Islamic State - a strategy with the US president himself views with great qualms and some reluctance.
The truth about the killings of Armenians, condemned as genocide by Pope Francis, exposes a fragility at the heart of modern Turkey, dating back to the era of Ataturk, the country's founder.
Human activity - or inactivity - rather than technical failure emerges as the most likely cause of the Germanwings crash. Though none of this can be of any comfort to grieving families of the victims.
The UK's emphasis on Islamist terrorism has meant it has ignored the traditional threat from nation states like Russia, according to a former head of MI6.
If Tony Blair was ever considered an honest broker as Middle East envoy, it is a title he may well have lost - even if most of what has gone wrong is not his fault.
While the bravery and sacrifice of British troops is not in doubt, British strategy in Afghanistan does not bear up well under scrutiny.
News that an agent for a western ally may have helped three missing British schoolgirls cross the Turkish border to join Islamic State militants in Syria is grist to Turkey's mill.
Jews fear France is papering over the cracks - that the remarkable show of togetherness witnessed in Paris after the January terror attacks is fading away.