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.
The Evdokimova family spent over two months away from their home in Donetsk to escape the fighting. When they headed back to the city with their five children, they quickly found that life was far from peaceful.
Polls have opened in Scotland as voters choose whether to become independent from the United Kingdom in a historic referendum. Opinion polls show the "No" camp with just a slight advantage over the secessionists.
We're halfway through Joachim Gauck's tenure as German president. Does he get involved in day-to-day politics too much? Or does he say exactly the right things at the right time? DW's Ralf Bosen has no doubt.
Basketball player Dirk Nowitzki is one of the most famous German athletes in the world. A new documentary film shows how a tall kid from a small German city became a superstar in the United States.