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 UN's human rights chief has said that the downing of flight MH17 over eastern Ukraine could constitute a "war crime." This came as new figures showed the Ukraine conflict has killed at least 1,100 since April.
The creation of a European single market back in 1993 has been profitable for the vast majority of founding nations, a fresh study says. Denmark and Germany got the most out of that market, researchers claimed.
Shareholders of defunct oil giant Yukos, founded by Mikhail Khodorkovsky, have won a court case in the Hague demanding compensation from Russia. Moscow is in for hefty fines and asset seizures.
A premiere not soon to be forgotten: In its fourth and final year, stage director Sebastian Baumgarten's "Tannhäuser" had an unattractive set and a technical glitch, but superb singing and an impressive conducting debut.