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.
European Union leaders meeting in Brussels have agreed on a new target for the reduction of greenhouse gases by 2030. Members also reached a deal on increasing the proportion of renewable energy used.
The European Union president has named Christos Stylianides to coordinate the bloc's fight against the Ebola virus. Stylianides has said he hopes to go to West Africa to learn more about the outbreak.
The supervisory board of Germany's Karstadt department store chain has announced the closure of several stores across the country is inevitable. It also appointed the retailer's new CEO.