Italian elections are a confusing phenomenon, at best. A mass of parties and coalitions hold together for the elections, but start cracking apart as soon as actual bills and policies have to be agreed upon. This year, the country went to the polls on February 24 and 25, after a little more than a year of a technocratic government following Berlusconi's downfall amid the euro crisis in November 2011.
The vote ended without a party winning a clear mandate from voters with comedian and blogger Beppe Grillo and former prime minister Silvio Berlusconi finishing better than many expected behind Pier Luigi Bersani.
DW talked with political experts, psychologists, market researchers, and some Italians themselves to find out more about the vote that will make waves outside Italy.
German film director and actor Til Schweiger has announced plans to convert a former barracks into a refugee home in central Germany. The award-winning film-maker has persistently called for more empathy for refugees.
Back from Syria and charged with fighting for the "Islamic State," the German Ebrahim B. no longer has illusions of "five-star jihad" and now advocates against extremism. His trial begins on Monday.
An asylum seeker has been shot and wounded at a refugee center in Bonn in the west of Germany. The incident followed a dispute between two residents at the center.
There are lots of open air parties and cultural events going on here in Germany during the summer months. Here are three highlights for the week-end.