Members of the Berlin Symphonic Orchestra bid farewell to their fans with a last concert on Sunday after orchestra officials failed to secure 80,000 euros ($103,000) in emergency funding for the bankrupt organization. Orchestra leaders had tried to find private sponsors after Berlin's city government cut three million euros in subsidies last year. The ensemble's disbandment is the latest in a long list of German orchestras that have disappeared due to lacking funds.
Despite significant protests, Germany's SWR broadcaster will fuse its two in-house orchestras - including one known as a bastion of contemporary music performance. Thoughtless destruction or an understandable proposal?
European Union ambassadors meeting in Brussels have reached a preliminary agreement on stepping up sanctions against Russia over Ukraine. The proposals are to be reviewed next week.
A food safety scandal in eastern Asia has escalated as McDonald's Japan said its restaurants had taken products made with Chinese chicken off the menu. The chain's Hong Kong wing also halted sales of Chicken McNuggets.