Many commentators have remarked that the ongoing crisis in the eurozone is the worst the continent has faced since World War II. Others have made comparisons to the global financial crisis of the 1930s.
DW examines the background and long-term consequences of the ongoing threat to the European single currency. Will it survive? What will happen to its member countries?
Italy has ended the sea rescue mission "Mare Nostrum" that saved the lives of more than 100,000 migrants from Africa and the Middle East. Human rights groups are criticizing the move, fearing that death tolls will rise.
Russia has declared that it will recognize the elections in Donetsk and Luhansk as legitimate. The Kremlin's actions are leading the world to a new Cold War, says DW's Ingo Mannteufel.
Ukraine's President Petro Poroshenko has backed Arseny Yatsenyuk for a new term as prime minister. Meanwhile, pro-Russia separatists in eastern Ukraine are set to hold their own elections.
"Others compose; I make music history," Richard Strauss once said. This year, the 150th anniversary of his birth, proves he was right as concert halls around the world celebrate the composer.