Now that the floodwater in Gera, Thüringen, has receded, locals are returning home. They've elected Martin Fröhlich, a mechanical engineering student, to be the leader of the local clean-up task force.
The first meeting of European Union and Western Balkans leaders in 15 years will not directly address EU membership. The "Sofia Declaration" no longer mentions accession and instead focuses on a "European perspective."
Tensions in the Western Balkans can only be overcome if all countries in the region join the European Union, says enlargement chief Johannes Hahn. The EU's door should remain open for Turkey, he told DW.
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