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.
After years of crisis, the EU is well aware of the flaws in the eurozone and European foreign policy. But it’s lacking the strength to fix them, writes guest contributor Martin Winter.
A Bosnian Muslim wartime commander who defended Srebrenica against separatist Serbian forces has been indicted for alleged war crimes. He is accused of murdering ethnic Serbs during Bosnia's 1992-1995 conflict.
Tempelhof airport, the iconic structure that once oversaw the Berlin air lift in the 1950s, may be re-invented as a refugee shelter. The overstretched city administration did not deny it was considering the option.
After five record years in a row, the number of tourists in Dresden has dropped for the first time this year. Cultural events can contribute to attracting more tourists - but xenophobia obviously doesn't.