Whether through strengthening (or weakening) the EU Commission or by strengthening (or weakening) the democratic EU Parliament, questions abound as to how the EU can improve itself. Only one thing is for sure: It must be prepared to openly admit its failings.
Greece's parliament has passed a 2014 budget continuing the country's course of austerity measures. Meanwhile, international creditors have suspended a visit to Athens - and by extension the next tranche of loans.
Since September, German justice officials have been investigating 30 suspected former guards at Auschwitz. But due to various legal obstacles, they may never stand trial.
The Italian navy and coast guard have rescued more than 100 refugees from a small boat which was facing difficulties in the Mediterranean Sea. It follows a similar rescue by Italy earlier this week.
It was a venue where odd things happened. Berlin's legendary Festsaal Kreuzberg was an art space that DW's 'Insider' Jan Kage helped define - by emceeing women's arm wrestling contests and befriending the security guard.