Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger, a respected theologian and one of John Paul II's most trusted advisors, was appointed the Catholic Church's 265th pope. Benedict XVI, as he is now called, represents for many in the Church an attempt to restore conservative values and traditions. For others, especially those critical of the Church's standing on issues such as AIDS, women and gay marriage, the new pope reflects a turning-away from the needs and interests of a modern society.
DW-WORLD takes a look at the new pope's background, the first to come from Germany in 500 years, his rise through the Catholic Church, the issues he stands for and the criticism surrounding him.
All eyes were on Greece and its referendum - none more so than in the UK where the "no" vote could empower those campaigning for an exit from the European Union. Samira Shackle reports from London.
Political developments in Greece, a highly popular European tourist destination, are bound to have an effect on the industry in the coming weeks.
Despite a recent improvement, the Spanish economy is vulnerable to turmoil from Greece. The rise of anti-austerity party Podemos, meanwhile, has drawn inevitable political comparisons. Guy Hedgecoe reports from Madrid.
The Acropolis is dedicated to the patron goddess of the city. The powerful ancient city state named itself after Athena, the goddess of wisdom.