Italian elections are a confusing phenomenon, at best. A mass of parties and coalitions hold together for the elections, but start cracking apart as soon as actual bills and policies have to be agreed upon. This year, the country went to the polls on February 24 and 25, after a little more than a year of a technocratic government following Berlusconi's downfall amid the euro crisis in November 2011.
The vote ended without a party winning a clear mandate from voters with comedian and blogger Beppe Grillo and former prime minister Silvio Berlusconi finishing better than many expected behind Pier Luigi Bersani.
DW talked with political experts, psychologists, market researchers, and some Italians themselves to find out more about the vote that will make waves outside Italy.
On the anniversary of Hitler's invasion of Poland in 1939, DW spoke with English historian Antony Beevor. He explains Hitler and Stalin's impact on the individual, the global nature of the war, and the morality debate.
On September 1, 1939, the Wehrmacht invaded neighboring Poland without warning. Hitler had been planning the Blitzkrieg since 1933. DW takes a look at the events leading up to WWII.
Chancellor Angela Merkel is to address parliament to explain a decision to supply German weapons to Kurdish forces fighting "IS" militants in Iraq. The decision marks a major policy shift and is not universally popular.
In this week's show: A sampling of the sounds from Richard Strauss' operas, performed in the city in which many of them had their premieres by the Dresden Staatskapelle under Christian Thielemann.