How will the Turkish-European economic exchange develop? - photo: AP


Turkey Eyeing EU Economy

Johannes Kalter (photo: Linden Museum, Stuttgart, Germany)

Oriental Art

Looking to the East

The Unionsverlag is a pioneer of publishing Literature from the Arab world on the European market (photo: Unionsverlag)

Unionsverlag Publishing House

"One Only Has to Want to Listen"

Struggling with censorship - Ibrahim Farghali (photo: Goethe Institute)

Ibrahim Farghali

Breaking Taboos Is Not Enough

Rapper Sultan Tunc has Byzantine, Christian and Islamic influences, photo: Şimdi Now

Turkish Festival "Şimdi Now"

Capturing Turkish Culture's Changing Face

Scene from "Under the Moonlight" by Reza Mir-Karimi (photo: AP)

Culture and Politics in Iran

No Black Wave, After All?

Youssou N'Dur, according to the New York Times "one of the world's greatest singers" (photo: AP)

Youssou N'Dour: "Egypt"

Songs of Praise to the Brotherhood

Asfa-Wossen Asserate

"Vulgarity Is the Opposite of Manners"

Iraqis are keen movie-goers (photo: AP)

Filmclub Berlin-Baghdad

Bringing Cinema Back to Iraq

Concentrating on the music - for Placido Domingo Hezbollah radicalism was not an issue during his stay in Baalbek (photo: Christina Förch)

Placido Domingo in Baalbek

Opera Arias in the Hezbollah Stronghold

Africa is Europe's and America's mental slave, says Prof. Meki Nzewi, South Africa (photo: University of Pretoria)

Opinion Meki Nzewi

Globalization Made Africa a Mental Colony

Ahdaf Soueif (photo: Goldmann Publishers, Germany)


Ahdaf Soueif: Developing a Euro-Arab Literature

Etgar Keret, the country's conscience, according to some (photo: BR Online)


Etgar Keret: The Ambivalence of the Wall

Ulla Lenze during a reading in Damascus (photo: Larissa Bender)


"I Have Been Shocked about My Own Culture!"

The Iraqi-Indian-German band "Lagash" (photo:

Iraqi Music

About the Comforts and Sorrows of Exile

Mohieddin Ellabbad, photo: Jürgen Stryjak


The Skin Colour of the Artist

The Makhmalbaf family in 2004 (photo:



The Makhmalbaf Clan

Hassan Dawud (photo: Larissa Bender)

Frankfurt Book Fair

Will the Arab League Miss Its Chance?

Showing some spine: Frankfurt Book Fair organizers welcome controversy as became apparent at the press conference, 25 June 2004 (photo: courtesy Frankfurt Book Fair)


Building Bridges with Books

The new cultural center in Ramallah (photo: Goethe Institute)

Middle East

Bringing European Culture to Ramallah