How exactly the new German government shapes up, is being watched keenly in Brussels. Berlin remains hugely influential in the European Union. But some officials are concerned about the influence the AfD could have going forward.
Fresh tensions have flared up over a controversial scheme to move thousands of refugees across European Union countries. One senior official compared talks on the divisive issue to "fighting trench warfare."
Berlin has vowed to back an "open and free internet" following a US decision to repeal net neutrality rules. But some experts say the US move could open the floodgates to a multi-speed internet in Europe.
Brussels will insist that the UK's separation agreement be made legally binding after Brexit Minister David Davis suggested it was merely a "statement of intent." Davis has been accused of undermining trust.
About 45,000 people marched past the European Union headquarters in support of Catalonia's independence. The protesters chanted "Wake up, Europe!" and waved Catalonia's red, yellow and blue Estelada separatist flag.
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