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 Euro Hawk is still making waves in Germany, even after the defense ministry pulled the plug on the surveillance drone project last week. The problems were obvious long before the debacle.
A German TV documentary has obtained investigators' correspondence suggesting that Saxony's domestic intelligence service already considered the NSU to "resemble" a terrorist cell, before its first murder.
The stage director and co-director of the Bayreuth Festival talks about her relation to Wagner's music and to her great-grandfather, whose influence remains on her life and work.