Iran is the 18th-largest country in the world, has around 80 million inhabitants and it is home to one of the world's oldest civilizations.
Iran is the only country that has both a Caspian Sea and an Indian Ocean coastline. Its central location in Eurasia and western Asia, and its proximity to the Strait of Hormuz gives it special geostrategic importance.There are around 120,000 Iranians living in Germany with Hamburg as the main center of the Iranian diaspora.
A German diplomat will no longer head the Iran trade vehicle INSTEX after it emerged he had made critical comments about Israel. The development deals a further blow to European efforts to save the Iran nuclear deal.
The tense standoff between Iran and the US in the Persian Gulf continues. Will Europe be the big loser in the power struggle in the Strait of Hormuz? Our guests: Ali Fatholla-Nejad (Brookings Institution), Alan Posener (Die Welt), Ulrike Herrmann (taz)
A cyclist battling cancer had to halt a ride from Germany to India after being mugged in Iran. His story sparked mass support from Iranian social media users. "I've become a local legend without wanting to," he told DW.
Iran's economy is in freefall following the reintroduction of US sanctions. Soaring inflation has even prompted the government to shave four zeros off the value of the currency. Meanwhile, foreign companies continue to pull out of the country.