Writers often start their careers in an entirely different line of work. Whether pilot, insurance salesman or mathmetician, here are five famous European authors whose day jobs may surprise you.
Many people think writing is a ticket to poverty. So did these five famous authors. They held "serious" jobs for years before starting their literary career. There's still hope for every aspiring author.
Wolfgang Schäuble is one of the most influential German politicians never to have been chancellor. The challenges that he will face as president of Germany's parliament include the far-right AfD.
German-born Mekhennet has focused her investigative career on diving into militant Islamist networks. She spoke with DW at the Frankfurt Book Fair about her job's dangers and why it is important to speak with jihadis.
Producer Janine Jackowski puts films by and about women to the fore. Including Maren Ade's prize-winning Toni Erdmann.
The Swedish Academy, which awards the Nobel Prize in literature, is cutting all ties with a man facing a series of sexual harassment allegations. The influential person had been closely linked with the institution.
With the successful staging of "Fiddler on the Roof," the Komische Oper celebrates its 70th anniversary. For DW columnist Gero Schliess, the smallest of the three Berlin opera houses is particularly inspiring right now.
Bauhaus is one of Germany's most successful cultural exports. But these days, 22 of the world's leading architecture offices are American, 17 British - and only three German.
After the "Jamaica" coalition talks aimed at building the next German government collapsed in Berlin on Sunday, Germany's top culture critics took to Twitter to voice their opinions.
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