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.
Germany's state and federal governments will jointly fund flood aid of up to 8 billion euros ($10.7 billion). The deal opens a quick path to relief in areas damaged by the country's worst flooding in over a decade.
US President Barack Obama has spoken in Berlin almost exactly 50 years after his predecessor John F. Kennedy's historic address to the then-divided city. The speech included a pledge to move toward nuclear disarmament.
Reggae without dreadlocks? South Pacific flair from Cologne? The German musician and singer Gentleman has the music of the Caribbean in his blood. He's giving a hometown concert at c/o pop this week in Cologne.