German leaders have united in mourning former President Richard von Weizsäcker, who has died at the age of 94 in Berlin. Weizsäcker's stint as head of state saw the fall of the Berlin Wall and German reunification.
The euroskeptic Alternative for Germany party has heralded an end to its "amateur" phase on the second day of its party convention. Out in the streets, thousands protested their presence in Bremen.
DW's Berlin columnists - all English-speakers who have lived in the German capital for many years - bring you an insider's perspective on cultural life in one of the world's most vibrant cities.