Belarus is a landlocked country in Eastern Europe bordered by Russia, Ukraine Poland and the Baltic States of Lithuania and Latvia. Its capital and most populous city is Minsk.
In the aftermath of the 1917 Russian Revolution, Belarus declared independence, but was later conquered by Soviet Russia in 1922. Belarus declared independence in 1990. Alexander Lukashenko has served as the country's president since 1994. He has been labeled "Europe's last dictator" for his authoritarian leadership. Political opposition has been violently suppressed, press freedom curbed, and Belarus is the only European country to retain capital punishment. Here you can find an automatic compilation of all DW content referring to Belarus.
A memorial has opened at one of the largest Nazi concentration camps within the former Soviet Union. German President Steinmeier has described the tribute to the forgotten victims as "invaluable."
Chancellor Angela Merkel told President Petro Poroshenko that a UN-led peace mission for eastern Ukraine remains Germany's aim. The leaders also discussed the underwater gas pipelines from Russia to the European Union.
French Catholic priest Patrick Desbois has spent decades uncovering the mass graves of the 2 million Jews murdered by Nazis in Ukraine, Belarus and Russia. Now he's using the same research methods to document crimes committed by against the Yazidis in Iraq. Jake Cigainero reports.
German Chancellor Angela Merkel wants a renewed push for peace in eastern Ukraine as conflicting sides fail to live up to the Minsk agreements. Merkel said she hopes to relaunch peace talks after the Russian elections. Keith Walker spoke with Roman Goncharenko from DW's Ukrainian service and started by asking him to what extent the fighting in still ongoing.
EU citizens hoping to visit Belarus used to go through a painful visa process with plenty of red tape and an uncertain outcome. But these days, under a decree issued by the all-powerful Belarussian president Alexander Lukashenko, they're allowed in for a set number of days visa-free, though they can only travel within certain zones. Julian Berner hopped on a train from the Polish capital Warsaw.