Whatever detractors of the single currency may say, a break-up of the eurozone would not be not in Germany's interest. But more than half of the country openly admits to flirting with the idea of resurrecting the Deutschmark. Others, meanwhile, argue that bringing back the former currency would be catastrophic for Germany, as our correspondents Jessica Saltz and Anne Mailliet found out.
On August 7 2008, Georgia and Russia went to war over the small breakaway province of South Ossetia. One year on, tensions on the ground remain high, to the point that there are even fears in some quarters of another war.
Last week, China's Supreme Court said it wished to drastically reduce the number of death sentences handed out each year - reportedly more than the rest of the world put together. But abolishing the death penalty altogether is not on the agenda.
Hernan Castillo, author of a book linking Hugo Chavez to the FARC rebel group, is one of a number of Venezuelan thinkers leaving a hostile country they feel now resembles a police state for fear of persecution for their political views.