He was convincing as President. After five years in office, Joachim Gauck is stepping down. Formerly the Commissioner for the Stasi Records, he held major issues like freedom, human rights and democracy close to his heart.
On November 6, 2017, Paul Biya marks three and a half decades as president of Cameroon. The authoritarian head of state is one of the longest serving leaders in the world. Cameroonians sharply differ over his legacy.
Turkish author Elif Safak blames President Erdogan for transforming Turkey into an authoritarian country. She tells DW that western writers must do more to support Turkish civil society.
Joachim Gauck's life has been intertwined with several important chapters in the country's history. Like Chancellor Merkel, the outgoing president hails from the east. Unlike her, Gauck is known for speaking his mind.
The trials against journalists in Turkey are absurd - that's what the president of the German PEN Center, Regula Venske, told DW in an interview. In her view, these human rights violations must be criticized.
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