Israel's elections later this month will be a test of how politically motivated 2011's protesters in that country were. In a series of protests, tens of thousands took to Tel Aviv's streets to protest climbing housing costs. But polls indicate that its the right-wing parties that are building momentum in the election.
Secretary of State John Kerry charmed Indonesian students in Jakarta over the weekend as he delivered strongly-worded messages on climate change to Asia's leading emitters of greenhouse gases. Italy works to form its third government in three years, without a new election. And German politicians sleep in their offices to save on rent, all in today's Global Scan.
Classical music fans waited on the edge of their seats this week as the esteemed Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra met behind closed doors to choose a new conductor. After 11 hours of talks, they were still waiting — and may have to do so for months yet.
Animal rights is a big issue in Germany. And how Germans slaughter animals is strictly regulated. The Nazis vilified the Jewish method of slaughtering animals; today Germans are intolerant of the tradition of its four million Muslims. David Hecht reports.
As Greece continues to try and arrest its economic decline, Germany OK'd another $170 billion worth of bailout funds to keep the government operating, to prevent the country from going bankrupt and to keep Greece in the eurozone.
Germany has just received the first plane-load of Syrian refugees fleeing their civil war back home. And up to 5,000 more are expected. But some believe Germany shouldn't pat itself on the back just yet for the humanitarian gesture.