This article from Spiegel is a RECOMMENDED READ, this weekend.
Despite austerity and a Socialist government, France is ready to intervene in Syria. We have seen elsewhere that the US is getting closer to military intervention. Meanwhile, Spiegel gives us some excellent insights into emerging German foreign policy.
Personally, I think that the case for military intervention in Syria is getting close to overwhelming, especially if the alleged circa one thousand deaths from chemical weapons this week by the Assad regime are independently confirmed.
Let me turn this to an open question:
How can Germany‘s diplomatic initiatives be enough to stop the Assad regime, if widespread use of chemical weapons is confirmed?