There are just a handful of countries around the world that give equal rights to same-sex couples, and many of them are in Europe. The UK and France have recently passed equal marriage legislation through their parliaments - though these bills have caused considerable controversy and led to heated public debate. Meanwhile, Germany mulls strengthening equal rights for gay couples.
Norway, Sweden, the Netherlands, Spain and Portugal already allow gay marriage - though the situation further east in Europe is very different. Societies there are much less willing to recognize homosexuality, and gay couples sometimes fighting for basic human rights. DW looks at the issues facing same-sex couples across the continent.
Two fires broke out in the eastern state of Thuringia over the weekend, one in a refugee home, the other in a designated shelter. No one was hurt. Police say at least one of the fires could have been arson.
Tens of thousands have rallied in Chisinau to demand the resignation of senior government officials. Widespread anger smolders over missing $1 billion lost in fraud.
It took just two days for the small town of Königswinter, near Bonn, to set up a camp for 100 new refugees. It's not perfect, but the staff there have worked hard to create a friendly atmosphere.
Rammstein are known the world over for their martial appearances, killer guitar riffs, and provocative lyrics. Founded after the Berlin Wall fell, the band’s musical roots are in the former East Germany.