As part of Riga's year as a European capital of culture, hundreds of events are taking place to introduce Latvia to the world.
The outgoing German president has stressed a commitment to the Baltics amid concerns over Russian territorial ambitions. His likely successor, Frank-Walter Steinmeier, has been more restrained in criticizing Moscow.
2017 marks the end of an era of Baltic leaders with backgrounds of Cold War exile in the United States. Some in the region fear it could also be a year of wider American disengagement, Richard Martyn-Hemphill reports.
Shrill, campy and brutally honest: Director Rosa von Praunheim is a pioneer and icon of gay rights in Germany. The tireless filmmaker's latest movie is released as he celebrates his 75th birthday.
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