The pope and the European Parliament now label the Armenian massacres 100 years ago as "genocide." The German government is yet to follow suit. However, pressure and criticism have risen within Merkel's grand coalition.
Cologne artist Joachim Römer has been fishing bottles containing messages out of the River Rhine for years. His collection now amounts to some 1400 items. A current exhibition in Bingen is presenting some of them.
DW's Berlin columnists - all English-speakers who have lived in the German capital for many years - bring you an insider's perspective on cultural life in one of the world's most vibrant cities.