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  Nuclear deal with Iran

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Today, Monday, Washington is imposing what it describes as its toughest sanctions yet on Iran. They take aim at the country's oil industry, financial sector and transportation industry. After signing the nuclear pact with Iran in 2015 the US had suspended its sanctions. Commentators say Washington may have miscalculated with this hard line.

The EU wants to create a "special purpose vehicle" for processing payments between European companies and Tehran in a bid to enable Europe's industry to continue trading with the country without violating US sanctions. Some commentators praise the initiative for attempting to preserve the nuclear deal. Others doubt that it will keep the regime in Tehran in line.

After weeks of speculation, Donald Trump has withdrawn from the nuclear deal with Iran. The US sanctions that were lifted in the context of the agreement have now been reimposed. Israel and Saudi Arabia have welcomed the decision. While some commentators show understanding for the move, most of them voice concern.

One day after Donald Trump's investiture hundreds of thousands of people demonstrated across the globe against his presidency and for women's rights, tolerance and peaceful coexistence. The protests were among the largest in US history, with up to half a million people gathering in Washington. What can this opposition accomplish?

Reformists and moderates made major gains in Iran's parliamentary election on Friday. The results strengthen the position of President Hassan Rouhani, who wants the country to open up more to the West. Can he push the country further towards democracy?

The classical nude beauties at Rome's Capitoline Museum were covered during a press conference given by Iranian President Rouhani and Italian Prime Minister - out of respect for the Muslim guest. Has Rome made a fool of itself with this gesture?

In his speech to the US Congress on Tuesday, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu warned that the West's nuclear deal with Iran will not prevent Tehran from building nuclear weapons. Israel's concerns are entirely justified, some commentators write. Others accuse Netanyahu of jeopardising the alliance between the US and Israel with his address.

The five UN veto powers and Germany signed a nuclear deal with Iran in Vienna on Tuesday - after 13 years of negotiations. Some commentators see the agreement as a historic step that can bring peace and prosperity to the Middle East. Others warn that it won't stop Iran from building a nuclear bomb sooner or later.