Patchwork families are what result when parents separate from their partners and then find new ones. It's not always easy for children to cope, but as two patchwork families in Berlin prove, the situation also has its advantages.
The residents of the mountain village of Seyne-les-Alpes help where they can. It is from here that many rescue teams are leaving to travel to the crash site of the Germanwings plane. Barbara Wesel reports.
The disbelief is still too overwhelming, the grief and pain almost suffocating. The relatives of the Germanwings crash victims will receive compensation - but it may not be a lot, and it will depend on many factors.
A Germanwings airliner carrying 144 passengers and six crew has crashed in the French Alps. France's transport minister says there are no survivors. DW reports on events as they happen.
Investigators in Paris say they have successfully extracted recordings from the Germanwings cockpit voice recorder found on Tuesday. The plane crashed in the French Alps, killing 150. DW is updating with the latest.