In Rome, many young unemployed people are forced to live at home. Stephen Beard finds that their joblessness could be creating a rift between the generations and straining the fabric of Italian society.
France and Germany's already strained relationship is being tested by the question of who will become the EU's new economic commissioner. Things could come to a head at Saturday's EU summit, writes Bernd Riegert.
New Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan says EU membership and democratic reforms are his main priorities, in his first speech as head of state. He took the oath of office earlier on Thursday.
Barack Obama says he and Angela Merkel agree about the extent of Russia's involvement in eastern Ukraine. The UN Security Council has met in New York in response to claims that Russia has invaded the country.
The Venice Film Festival opens on August 27 with a comedy, but promises plenty of hot political fare over the next 11 days. German director Fatih Akin is one of 20 directors competing for the prestigious Golden Lion.