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.
Egypt has marked the fifth anniversary of a pro-democracy uprising that toppled President Hosni Mubarak. Amid raised security, there was a ban on any demonstrations not approved by police.
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.
Egypt has jailed protesters who opposed a decision to transfer islands to Saudi Arabia.
The demonstrators have been given prison terms of between two and five years.
Egypt is now the world's second worst jailer of journalists - surpassed only by China. The situation is especially bad for women, who are at risk of physical and/or sexual assault in the staunchly patriarchal society.
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