In this week's World View podcast Foreign Policy Editor Patrick Smyth takes over presenting duties from Denis Staunton. He begins with an essay by Derek Scally on the twin crises besetting Germany as it celebrates twenty five years of reunification. Later in the podcast he is joined by Simon Carswell to discuss the latest shooting atrocities in the U.S. and their possible impact on the presidential elections. Finally Paddy hears from Patsy McGarry in Rome on the opening of the Vatican's Synod of the Family. World View is a weekly foreign affairs podcast. It is presented by Patrick Smyth and produced by Sinead O'Shea.