The United Kingdom joined the European Union 40 years ago - back in 1973. But over the past four decades, enthusiasm for the EU project has waned among the British electorate. Many Brits are worried that too much power is going to a corrupt, undemocratic, bureaucratic Brussels - and the crisis in the eurozone, and a large influx of immigrants, have added to their fears.
The current Conservative-led coaltion government under David Cameron wants to renegotiate its ties with Europe. But many on the right are calling for even more radical action, arguing that the UK should leave the EU entirely.
DW looks at the arguments on both sides and assesses the likelihood of Britain leaving the EU altogether.
A court in Germany has rejected a case over the wrongful deaths of Afghan civilians in Kunduz. Plaintiffs had accused a German colonel of negligence and sought monetary compensation for the loss of family members.
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Riot police have begun leaving a large protest camp in central Kyiv following overnight clashes with protesters. Meanwhile, the Ukrainian government appears to be mulling a deal with the EU, in exchange for more aid.
German punk band Die Toten Hosen are currently speaking up for refugees. Together with human rights group Pro Asyl, they delivered a petition to the federal government in Berlin demanding a more humane refugee policy.