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.
Germany's government has approved draft legislation that aims to crack down on crimes with racist motivations. The measure comes in response to law enforcement's failure to stop a neo-Nazi murder spree.
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.