The ingredients for beer were laid down in a German purity law in 1516. All you are allowed to use is hops, malt, yeast and water.
In 1516, Duke Wilhelm IV of Bavaria decreed that beer should only be brewed from barley, hops and water. This purity law brought German brewers worldwide success. But 500 years on, some rebels want to add more variety and ingredients to German beer.
German Chancellor Angela Merkel praised the "world renown" of German beer in Ingolstadt, at a celebration marking the 500th anniversary of the beer purity law. The age-old rule has remained a staple of beer production.
Is Germany's traditional beer recipe its secret to success or just a marketing ploy? Either way, 2016 marks half a millennium since the Purity Law for beer was first written down.
Ötzi the iceman hits the big screen, a mother flees and a family takes an unsettling vacation in the German contributions at the Locarno Film Festival. For DW's Julia Hitz, the German entries weren't daring enough.
Judith Jones, the American editor who once rescued Anne Frank's diary from a rejection pile and championed legendary cookbook writer Julia Child, has passed away of complications from Alzheimer's.
Country singer Glen Campbell has died after a battle with Alzheimer's. Known for hits like "Rhinestone Cowboy" and "Wichita Lineman," he was one of the first country artists to cross over into popular music.
By some calculations, hip-hop is celebrating 44 years as a musical genre and a movement this weekend. German rap is not quite so old, but there have been three rhyme-rich decades so far.
Millions of kissing and laughing smileys are sent out in text messages every day. As they now become superstars in "The Emoji Movie," here's a look back at how the hype surrounding the visual language developed.
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