On January 22, 1963, Germany and France sealed their friendship with the Elysee Treaty. The relationship has seen many highs and lows, but over the last 50 years it has become the engine that drives the European Union.
Just 18 years after the end of World War II, Germany and France signed the Elysee Treaty. The actual document, seen as a milestone of reconciliation, is surprisingly brief. So, what does it actually contain?
Despite occasional difficulties, the Franco-German friendship is an incredible accomplishment. Both sides must continue to work hard at it, says DW's Bernd Riegert.
Franco-German relations thrive on language acquisition – and the sooner a person starts learning, the easier it is to pick up a new language. In a Parisian kindergarten, teachers take a playful approach to bilingualism.
In German schools, French is competing with other languages. And in France, the number of students choosing German has dropped.
For a decade, German businessman Frank Esser headed French mobile phone company SFR. After his tenure, his staff is now familiar with German ingenuity - and Esser knows what it's like to deal with French regulation.
Frenchman Eric Menchon is a passionate chef - and he has two Michelin stars to prove it.
The French city of Marseille offers a marathon of cultural events - with German support.
The Oradour massacre: a terrible moment in Franco-German history.
They went from being arch enemies to becoming close friends. Former wartime foes Germany and France managed that thanks largely to the historic Elysée Treaty, which was signed exactly 50 years ago.
The rich - and checkered - history of the Alsace border region.
Cooperation between the German and the French heads of government has often been good in the past.
German Foreign Minister Westerwelle talks of the special relationship between his country and France, and his personal ties with the neighboring country with DW. The friendship shouldn’t be taken for granted, he warns.
The friendship between Germany and France is an extraordinary accomplishment, EU politician Cohn-Bendit told DW. But when it comes to European politics, both countries have lost their way.
At first, people in both towns were skeptical. But this initial doubt has given way to a valued partnership between the French Hauteville and the German Ronneburg, a friendship that has been nurtured for 20 years.
Franco-German city partnerships really took off in 1951, but the concept is nothing new.
A Franco-German team of scientists tries to find out the causes behind urban violence.
Despite being a proud part of the Bundeswehr, the Franco-German Brigade has yet to be deployed.