Germany has many public holidays, some of which vary from state to state. Since most things are closed then, it's best to check dates before you make any plans.
Public Holidays in 2014
A premiere not soon to be forgotten: In its fourth and final year, stage director Sebastian Baumgarten's "Tannhäuser" had an unattractive set and a technical glitch, but superb singing and an impressive conducting debut.
Credit ratings agency Moody's has upgraded Portugal's debt evaluation by one notch. The agency cited a more stable financial outlook, with Lisbon now enjoying renewed access to borrowing on the public debt market.
First the ruling coalition fell apart, then the prime minister resigned. Ukraine's President Petro Poroshenko is attempting to strengthen his position, despite the ongoing battle with separatists in the country's east.