The Caucasus region is situatied on the border of Europe and Asia, between the Black and the Caspian seas. It is home to more than 50 ethnic groups.
The Caucasus borders Turkey, Iran, and Russia and has been an area of political, military, religious, and cultural controversy for centuries. The Caucasus was part of the Persian sphere of influence until the Russian Empire conquered the territory at the beginning of the 19th century. The region has been subject to various territorial disputes since the collapse of the Soviet Union in the late 1980s, leading for example to wars over Nagorno-Karabakh, Abkhazia, Chechnya and South Ossetia. This page shows an automatic compilation of all DW content referring to the Caucasus.
For many European countries, the arrival of war refugees has caused domestic political upheaval. But one tiny European nation has actively welcomed those fleeing Syria. That country is Armenia, a country of just three million people in the south Caucasus region. And as Christian Cummins found out, this open-arms policy has cultural, historical and pragmatic roots.
The motto of a rather unusual protest movement in the former Soviet republic of Georgia is: "We dance together, we fight together!" Activists there are pushing for LGBT rights and a liberalization of the country’s strict drugs laws. Emily Sherwin has this report on the so-called RAVE - olution, and the deep divisions it’s exposing in Georgian society.
Georgia, situated between the Caucasus Mountains and the Black Sea, is one of the oldest wine regions in the world. The roots of Georgian viticulture date back at least 8,000 years. And the traditional winemaking method using clay jars is on UNESCO’s Intangible Cultural Heritage List. Filip Warwick reports on Georgia, the cradle of wine.
Recent discoveries show wine was first fermented in what is now Georgia, where it’s still made. Exports of it are on the rise — and not just to the EU. The former Soviet Republic is gearing up to become a new hub for trade between Europe and Asia.