Berlin has a growing homeless population. More than half of the people are from Eastern Europe and depend on the many shelters around the city. Local authorities are struggling to cope.
Two homeless men in Berlin suffered serious injuries after an unknown perpetrator doused them in a liquid and set them on fire. Witnesses reportedly put out the blaze with a fire extinguisher from a nearby snack shop.
The Chinese premier is meeting with leaders from Central and Eastern European countries at a summit in Sofia as he aims to boost Beijing's trade interests in the region. But Li cannot afford to offend the European Union.
A German man accused of bombing a Düsseldorf train station 18 years ago has been cleared of all charges. The attack, which injured 10 immigrants from eastern Europe, sent shockwaves through Germany.
A major welfare association in Germany is calling for billions of euros to be invested in desperately needed social policy reforms. It says the vast majority of citizens have lost confidence in the welfare state.
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