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 Scots are coming. Or at least, that's the Conservative rallying cry to voters ahead of elections in the UK. No clear winner seems likely to emerge on May 7, great news for any minor parties able to bag some seats.
A German pilots' trade union has warned against changing confidentiality rules for doctors, saying such a change might stop pilots from seeking medical assistance, and could prevent doctors from "offering real help."
Greece's prime minister has spoken in parliament, saying the country needed a new debt restructuring deal. The IMF and EU are studying a list of reforms proposed by Athens in a bid to obtain a multi-billion euro loan.
The preliminary rounds for the "Wacken Metal Battle" are currently taking place in 30 countries. The winners will perform at the world's most important heavy metal festival. It's world music - of a different kind.