At this year's Venice International Film Festival, the German entry "The Cut" prompted discussion mainly because of its subject matter: the genocide of the Armenians. Jochen Kürten and Oliver Glasenapp spoke to the film's German-Turkish director Fatih AkinMore
The face of Germany's elite is changing, and with it German society. For some time now, new names, new issues and a new language have been making their mark on the country's cultural consciousness. An essay by Andrea DernbachMore
The Ottoman Empire, founded in 1299, collapsed in November 1922, when the last sultan, Mehmed VI, was sent into exile. The First World War had been a disaster for the empire, with British and allied forces capturing Baghdad, Damascus and Jerusalem. A new government, the Turkish Grand National Assembly, was set up in 1920 in Ankara, which then became the Turkish capital. Constantinople, formerly the imperial capital, was renamed Istanbul in 1930.