In the 1950s, six European states joined forces to become what we now know as the European Union. Nowadays, after numerous rounds of enlargement, more than 28 countries are EU members. And the process is far from over.
German police officers rarely reach for their guns – for a good reason. But when deadly shootings do occur, the victims are often part of an especially vulnerable group in society.
Ukrainian authorities have made further allegations of Russian incursions into the country's conflict-ridden east. It comes despite assertions by the Russian and Ukrainian presidents that the fighting needed to end.
Fighting is bound to continue despite the meeting between Russian President Vladimir Putin and his Ukrainian counterpart Petro Poroshenko in Minsk, says DW's Ingo Mannteufel. But there is still hope, he adds.
The Venice Film Festival opens on August 27 with a comedy, but promises plenty of hot political fare over the next 11 days. German director Fatih Akin is one of 20 directors competing for the prestigious Golden Lion.