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.
The new European Commission under President Jean-Claude Juncker takes office on November 1, and Europeans are hoping for something new. DW's Christoph Hasselbach hopes that Juncker has learned that change is necessary.
Romania is about to elect a new president. There are 14 candidates, and the opinion polls say it will come down to a run-off. The country is at a crossroads that may affect the rest of Europe.
Italy has ended the sea rescue mission "Mare Nostrum" that saved the lives of more than 100,000 migrants from Africa and the Middle East. Human rights groups are criticizing the move, fearing that death tolls will rise.
"Others compose; I make music history," Richard Strauss once said. This year, the 150th anniversary of his birth, proves he was right as concert halls around the world celebrate the composer.