Tens of thousands of people converged on Spain's capital Madrid to protest against a swathe of crippling government austerity measures. The measures have been designed to avert the need for a European bailout. The protests came as the Spanish government considered accepting a full-blown bailout from the European Union and international lenders to save it from bankruptcy.
The number of children in state custody has reached a record high. Refugee kids are also taken into care and should have the right to aid, says Heinz Hilgers, president of child the protection body Kinderschutzbund.
As Israel's military campaign continues in Gaza, protesters take to the streets of Berlin on Quds Day. Despite widespread fears of violence, opposing rallies supporting the Palestinians and Israelis remain calm. For now.
The world-famous Bayreuth Festival dedicated to the works of the German composer Richard Wagner has begun. The opening performance was, however, delayed by a technical misfunction.
More on this week's show from the Heidelberg Spring festival, featuring long-time collaborators Jörg Widmann and the Irish Chamber Orchestra with Mendelssohn's Scottish Symphony.