Hands are an expressive part of a portrait - as photographer Walter Schels sees them. They may not reveal our futures, but they can express our characters and complement our speech.
The levels of happiness in eastern and western Germany used to differ strongly a few years ago, but that gap is closing, according to this year's "Atlas of Happiness" survey carried out by the Deutsche Post.
Germans are very attached to the books they grew up with as children, which is why they often end up reading these classics to their own kids later on. Here are some of the country's most famous authors.
Berlin has become a popular destination for filmmakers - even for movies that aren't set in Germany. Here are a handful of other locations that Berlin has been dressed up as on camera.
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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