Roman Goncharenko, of DW's Russian service, says the operation underway in eastern Ukraine is imperative for Kyiv, perhaps its last chance to hold onto the territory.
With rhetoric between US and Russian officials escalating, the situation in eastern Ukraine is resembling more and more a kind of tug of war. A Ukrainian military operation by the Kyiv government is currently underway in a bid to oust pro-Russian separatists who have occupied government buildings in a number of eastern Ukrainian cities. Roman Goncharenko, of DW's Russian service, tells Inside Europe that this is Kyiv's last chance to keep the territory.
Germany's weapons exports, though controversial, generate employment. German's post-communist Left Party wants to ban arms sales - but when it comes to losing votes, even Left politicians waver.
The EU plans to step up sanctions on Russia this week for Moscow's role in the Ukraine crisis. CDU foreign policy specialist Philipp Missfelder tells DW that economic sanctions can be effective, but are 'no panacea.'
Anti-Semitism has been rearing its head at protests in Germany around the Israel-Palestine conflict. DW asked the head of the German Police Union what police can and should be doing against this.
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.