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.
Overseas Development Minister Gerd Müller told a newspaper of the government's plans to create a care facility for the victims of Islamic State violence. Germany has the highest number of aslyum seekers in Europe.
Prime Minister Samaras has made an offer to independents ahead of the second round of voting for the presidency. If Samaras' candidate does not win by the third round,it could cost Samaras - and perhaps Greece - dearly.
The key to a diplomatic solution in Ukraine is in the process that has started in Minsk, OSCE Secretary General Lamberto Zannier told DW. But the Crimean issue is not likely to be resolved soon.
We may know him best as the devilishly handsome provocateur of films such as "Ocean's Eleven" but Brad Pitt may be about to receive a somewhat more salubrious title - the "Keeper of the German Language" for 2014.