Officially, discussion of the Armenian genocide is taboo in Turkey, even 100 years after the crimes. But the issue is becoming harder for the country to suppress and many Turks are rediscovering their long-lost Armenian identities.Von Ralf Hoppe
Nearly a hundred years after the mass murder of Armenians by Ottoman soldiers, Turkey's prime minister spoke last week for the first time of the "suffering" of the victims. Turkish-Armenian journalist Hayko Bagdat says Erdogan's words mark a good start.Von Daniel Steinvorth
The French Senate has passed a bill making the denial of genocide -- including the massacre of Armenians in 1915 -- a crime. The Turkish reaction has been furious. Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan denounced what he called a "racist and discriminatory" attitude towards Turkey.
Following a move by the French lower house of parliament to pass a bill making it a punishable crime to deny the genocide of Armenians, Turkey has announced retaliatory measures. The issue of the killings between 1915 and 1917 has long divided Ankara and European countries.
Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan recently called the "Statue of Humanity," a monument to Turkish-Armenian relations in Kars, a "monstrosity." It has now been dismantled. But Berlin restaurant owner Adnan Oral wants to bring it to the German capital and re-erect it. He told SPIEGEL why.
It's not difficult for the wrong people to get their hands on powerful weapons. The US, however, expends great effort in making it more difficult. Recently released diplomatic dispatches show that Washington is particularly vigilant when it comes to Bulgaria, Ukraine and Russia.
The month of April marks the 95th anniversary of the start of the Armenian genocide. An unusual television documentary shows what motivated the murderers and why Germany, and other countries, remained silent.Von Benjamin Bidder, Daniel Steinvorth und Bernhard Zand
Rapprochement between Turkey and Armenia is still far from sight. In an interview with SPIEGEL, Armenian President Serge Sarkisian explains why the recognition of genocide against his people is so important -- and why he is little surprised by hostilities from Turkish politicians.
In a SPIEGEL interview, Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan, 56, discusses Ankara's relationship with the European Union, the debate over genocide against the Armenians and his role as a mediator in the dispute over Iran's nuclear policy.
In a SPIEGEL interview, Ankara's Minister for European Affairs Egemen Bagis discusses Turkey's journey to the West and his country's dispute with the United States over a resolution on the genocide of the Armenians recently passed by Congress.
Turkey wants reconciliation with its neighbor Armenia, 94 years after the Armenian genocide. In an interview with SPIEGEL ONLINE, Armenian Orthodox Archbishop Aram Atesyan says he is confident, but warns against overly high expectations that relations could normalize quickly.Von Daniel Steinvorth
Where does Europe end? The EU's Neighborhood Policy seeks to ensure prosperity and stability in countries bordering the 27-member club. The problem is, the neighbors would like to join, too.Von Hans-Jürgen Schlamp
A small resolution with a big effect: A US Congressional committee has voted to call the massacre of Armenians during World War I genocide -- a move that now threatens to shatter the Turkish-American friendship. The history of the resolution is a lesson in the power of lobbying.Von Gregor Peter Schmitz
A US House of Representatives Foreign Relations Committee vote to call the mass killings of Armenians in the early 20th century "genocide" has passed. Relations with Turkey and chances for more help with the war in Iraq might worsen if the full House approves the bill.Von Steven Lee Myers und Carl Hulse
Armenia stands out from its Caucasus neighbors because of its close ties with protector Russia. But the United States is also working to establish a beachhead in the small but strategically located country.Von Uwe Klußmann
The film "The Lark Farm" is sure to stir up controversy at this year's Berlin Film Festival. It takes a close look at Turkey's most sensitive taboo -- the 1915 genocide against the Armenians. Extra security has been brought in for the Wednesday evening premiere.Von Wolfgang Höbel und Alexander Smoltczyk
The film "The Lark Farm" promises to be among the more controversial at this year's Berlin Film Festival. SPIEGEL spoke with the film's directors about the Armenian tragedy and how slaughtering the innocent is part of human history.
Turkey, Georgia and Azerbaijan have signed an agreement to build a rail corridor that they hope will eventually link Europe with Asia. However, one country in the region -- Armenia -- is being left out.
French lawmakers have voted to make it a crime to deny that the mass killings of Armenians that occurred in Turkey during World War I amounted to genocide. The decision has caused outrage among both politicians and critical intellectuals in Turkey. Now France faces economic retaliation from Ankara.Von Jürgen Gottschlich
In his native Turkey, many see Orhan Pamuk, the 2006 winner of the Nobel Prize for Literature, as a moderately talented writer and an opportunist who, with his comments on Turkey's conflict with Armenia, has made a name for himself at the expense of his own people. This explains the mixed reactions in Turkey to Pamuk winning the Nobel Prize.Von Dilek Zaptcioglu