Reaching out to John Paul II
Millions of pilgrims and world leaders are descending on Rome to pay their last respects to the late pope.
While his papacy was not without controversy, cardinals have praised him as "John Paul the Great" and there is already talk of his beatification, the first step towards sainthood.
While Vatican officials prepare to bury the last pontiff, the search for the new one is getting started: Cardinals will meet on April 18 to begin the election process.
Read about John Paul II's passing and the Catholic Church's future in this DW-WORLD dossier.
The European Parliament has approved the incoming European Commission. The team, headed by former prime minister of Luxembourg Jean-Claude Juncker, is expected to take office on November 1.
German flagship carrier Lufthansa has decided to outsource its IT infrastructure unit to IBM to save costs. It said that while who the buyer was was now clear, specific contract conditions still had to be agreed.
The parliamentary hearings for the new EU commissioners have proved themselves to be a pointless formality. In this format, they are pseudo-democratic and completely superfluous, says DW's Barbara Wesel.
Astronauts, pop stars, Ellen at the Oscars, even you and me; we’re all taking part in the #selfie craze. But some are annoyed, say selfies are narcissistic and unhealthy, turning us into duck-faced robots. Really?