Thanks to clever export routes that bypass sanctions, ninety percent of the world’s saffron comes from Iran. New technology and the lifting of sanctions may mean a bright future for Iran’s crocuses.
The measures were first passed in 2011 in response to government repression during and after Iran's 2009 election. The European Union is set to discuss whether it should pass new sanctions at a meeting next Monday.
Garry Kasparov, Magnus Carlsen, Levon Aronian are just a few of the top chess players David Llada has photographed. Ahead of the World Chess Championship, he discussed with DW how chess combines sport, art and science.
The European Union seems to have spent 2016 in a state of constant crisis - or "polycrisis," as European Commission president Juncker calls it. Our Brussels correspondent Bernd Riegert looks back over the past year.
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