There are just a handful of countries around the world that give equal rights to same-sex couples, and many of them are in Europe. The UK and France have recently passed equal marriage legislation through their parliaments - though these bills have caused considerable controversy and led to heated public debate. Meanwhile, Germany mulls strengthening equal rights for gay couples.
Norway, Sweden, the Netherlands, Spain and Portugal already allow gay marriage - though the situation further east in Europe is very different. Societies there are much less willing to recognize homosexuality, and gay couples sometimes fighting for basic human rights. DW looks at the issues facing same-sex couples across the continent.
Aldi co-founder Karl Albrecht has died at the age of 94. The billionaire discount supermarket tycoon was believed to be the richest person in Germany.
Rebecca Harms, co-chairwoman of the Greens in the European Parliament, believes the separatists were behind the shooting down of flight MH17. She also calls for international control of the Ukrainian-Russian border.
German experts will be involved in the process of clearing up the details of the Ukraine plane crash. Jens Friedemann from the German Federal Bureau of Aircraft Accident Investigation lays out the various challenges.
It's 30 degrees in the shade - in Thuringia, people are dancing, listening to sound experimenters at work and then cooling off in the lake. Melt is an electronic music festival in a unique setting.