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 German chancellor claims to have learned a lot of interesting facts through Edward Snowden. The fact that Germany is now refusing to take Snowden in shows a lack of political courage, writes DW's Jens Thurau.
Turkish nationals are voting at polling stations in Germany in their country's presidential election. This is the first time that Turks living abroad have been able to vote outside the country.
There's a hiking trail that encircles Berlin and promises dozens of calm lakes, indescribable natural beauty and Cold War artifacts. The catch? It's 416 kilometers long. DW's Katherine Sacks has taken on the challenge.