DW takes a look at why Russia seems to be favoring a return to its Soviet past - at least symbolically.
In the last few weeks, the US, NATO and the Kiev government have accused the Kremlin of looking to expand its borders to Soviet levels, a charge Russia denies on the international stage. But does Russia really want to return to the USSR? As Charles Maynes reports from Moscow, reminders of Soviet life and imagery are increasingly apparent in the Russian capital.
Many local governments in Germany are struggling to house the growing numbers of refugees. One conservative politician is now calling on private homeowners to take in asylum seekers.
EU leaders are set to meet to try to agree on who should fill some of the bloc's top jobs. However, recent developments in eastern Ukraine promise to have EU leaders discussing possible tougher sanctions against Russia.
The EU could be set to impose tougher sanctions on Moscow after NATO accused Russia of sending hundreds of troops into Ukraine. Germany's foreign minster warned the situation in Ukraine could be slipping out of control.
In this week's show: A sampling of the sounds from Richard Strauss' operas, performed in the city in which many of them had their premieres by the Dresden Staatskapelle under Christian Thielemann.