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.
Angela Merkel is canvassing support in Germany for the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership ahead of June's G7 summit. In a wide-ranging interview, the chancellor said she hoped it would be cemented by 2017.
German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier has praised Ukraine's government for keeping the country's economy in check while fighting separatists in the east. But he's warned a three-month truce was very fragile.
Germany has confirmed data was stolen two weeks ago in a cyberattack on the federal parliament. It’s unclear who was behind the hacking.
The immense success of writers such as Richard David Precht, festivals of ideas and philosophy magazines is has made thinking hip again. But is this legitimate philosophy, or more a lifestyle trend?