Some are funny, others are discriminating or even offensive: Female politicians on the role their gender plays in the Bundestag, the German parliament.
A political candidate's attractiveness can prove decisive in an election, a study shows. Academics in Düsseldorf found that "attractive" candidates could expect a lead of more than five percent over "uglier" rivals.
The court ruled a transgender parent who donated sperm before becoming a woman cannot be the child's mother, a distinction only given to the person who gives birth. Gay and lesbian groups are calling for a law change.
Feminism, political inclusion and sexuality were all buzz topics this year. But are African women making full use of online spaces? DW speaks to three digital natives.
Ayatollah Mahmud Hashemi Shahroudi was responsible for overseeing hundreds of death sentences as head of Iran's justice ministry. Many in Germany were outraged by his stay in the country and filed complaints against him.
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