Once adversaries, now allies, leaders of Europe have marked the 100-year anniversary of WWI. The lessons of that war still apply to today as aggressors infringe on territorial rights and individual freedoms, they warned.
Belgium was the first victim of the First World War. Historian Herbert Ruland tells DW about the German invasion 100 years ago and its effect on relations with Germany and Belgium's German-speaking minority.
Political scientist Herfried Münkler is the first German in a long time to attempt an overarching analysis of World War I. DW talks with him about Germany's special role and the lessons from World War I.