After fervent speculation on whether he would run again, Germany's President Joachim Gauck confirms he will not seek a second term. Observers expressed regret at his decision.
Birthdays, jubilees or official visits — the queen is constantly showered with presents. Elizabeth II has been on the throne so long, by now, her collection of gifts contains some oddities indeed.
The German chancellor may now need Frank-Walter Steinmeier, the holder of a largely ceremonial office of the presidency, to retain power. So who is Steinmeier and what will his role be in the tense weeks to come?
Recent years saw an upswing in female leaders in the Americas, but the region seems set to return to macho culture after Chile's upcoming election. When Michele Bachelet leaves office, will others fill the void?
Still without a government, the Bundestag has a set up a temporary panel to ensure parliament's ability to work. Cities and states are pressing on with their work - and making clear they want to see a new coalition soon.
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