Two and a half years ago in Tahrir Square, German Foreign Minister Guido Westerwelle compared Egypt's democratic revolution to the German reunification. Germany's calls for democracy in Egypt continue today.
Seventeen people have been sentenced to life for their involvement in deadly unrest when then-General el-Sissi announced his presidential bid. Now Egypt's president, he has warned against challenging his grasp on power.
The ex-general met with his lawyer after rumors circulated he may have been disappeared upon arriving in Egypt. Ahmed Shafiq is considered on of the few challengers that could successfully run against President el-Sissi.
Four years since the arrest of two German political foundation employees, efforts to resume work on democracy in Egypt are failing. NGOs and foundations are facing increasing repression from autocratic states worldwide.
Best-selling novelist Alaa al-Aswany was one of the main protagonists in the 2011 Egyptian uprising, and remains a high-profile government critic. He spoke with DW about his work and his struggle against dictatorship.
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