Pope Francis was elected only three years ago. From the start, it was clear that he was going to be more political than his predecessors. That is just one of the qualities that have earned him this year's Charlemagne Prize.
Pope Francis has warned against 'particular and nationalist agendas' threatening Europe and called for solidarity, teamwork and shared sacrifice. He said Europe should be a continent of peacemakers.
Two inmates from the coastal city of Napoli have escaped after having lunch with the pope in the historic city of Bologna. Pope Francis has long advocated for prisoners' rehabilitation into society.
Ahead of a visit with the pope, the president has warned of failing to value citizens' sentiments amid crises in the EU. He said reconciliation between Catholics and Protestants could serve as a model forward for Europe.
The nationalist-conservative Law and Justice government has earned mixed results in its two-year rule, says DW's Bartosz Dudek. But despite right-wing rhetoric, Europe and Germany must not forget Poland's contributions.
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