The UN Climate Change Conference in Bonn attended by almost 200 states comes to an end today, Friday. One main bone of contention was whether industrial countries should support poorer, developing states. Commentators have harsh words for the rich nations' lack of solidarity and take differing views of the coal phase-out initiative proposed by some countries.
The EU is questioning the rule of law in Poland and has tasked an EU Parliament committee with examining whether to launch infringement proceedings. The Polish government's judicial reforms are the main source of concern. For some commentators the debate has taken on hysterical proportions; others want to see tough action against Warsaw.
At the New York auction house Christie's a painting by Leonardo da Vinci has been sold for the record sum of 450 million dollars. The name of the purchaser of the portrait of Jesus entitled Salvator Mundi is unknown. The former record price at a public auction was previously held by a painting by Pablo Picasso, sold for 180 million dollars in 2015. What determines the value of a work of art?
Spain's conservative ruling party led by Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy remains at the centre of the investigations into the country's biggest ever corruption case. The case involves manipulated financial records, illegal donations from construction companies and bribery. The party has now been accused of obstructing justice by destroying evidence. Spain's press is shocked by the party's reaction to the investigations.
Twenty-seven years after the collapse of the Soviet Union the archives of the Soviet secret service the KGB, dubbed the "Cheka sacks", still haven't been opened to the public in Latvia. Now the commission that was tasked with evaluating the documents has called for this to change, triggering a lively debate in the country about whether this is wise.
The military in Zimbabwe took control of the country on Tuesday night and placed its 93-year-old president Robert Mugabe under house arrest. The background to the move is the dispute over who will replace the elderly leader. The military leadership has promised that its move is only a temporary measure. Europe's commentators focus on what will happen now that Magabe's rule has apparently ended.
The images of the Polish Independence Day march show thousands of people dressed in black, throwing fire crackers and chanting racist and anti-Semitic slogans. Although these aggressive images are dominating the media this week the right has radically changed its style - a move that makes it no less dangerous, commentators observe.
The UN has sharply criticised the EU for cooperating with the Libyan coastguard service in the interception of refugees trying to cross the Mediterranean. This had led to a marked rise in the number of people living in dreadful conditions in Libyan 'detention centres', the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra'ad al-Hussein said. Some commentators agree, while others praise Italy and the EU for adopting a mediating role.
Both Bulgaria and Romania have made progress in judiciary reform and the fight against corruption, the EU Commission affirms in this year's progress report. But both countries, which have been under observation since they joined the EU in 2007, must make more progress with their reforms, the report finds, stressing that Romania in particular must not neglect the fight against corruption. Media in both countries are far from satisfied with what their politicians have accomplished.
For the first time since 1958 four-time football world champion Italy has failed to qualify for the Fifa World Cup, which will be held in Russia next year. The club's disastrous performance reflects the state of the country as a whole, commentators write, and call for a fresh start, not just in football.