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Poor, but Sexy

Once the stage of Nazi Germany and epicenter of the subsequent Cold War, Berlin was at the heart of 20th century geopolitics. The city has been reborn as the eclectic capital of reunified Germany. Unemployment is high, but the city still holds a cachet with the creative classes and tourists.

Bad Fit: Why Germany Doesn't Cut It in International Fashion

Bad Fit: Why Germany Doesn't Cut It in International Fashion

SPIEGEL ONLINE - July 08, 2014

Berlin Fashion Week is underway, but A-listers are keeping their distance. The event has failed to put the German capital on the clothing map. A closer look at the career trajectory of designer Kostas Murkudis provides some insight into the reasons why. By Mareike Nieberding more... Comment ]

Mayday: Berlin's Ill-Fated Airport Faces Insolvency

Mayday: Berlin's Ill-Fated Airport Faces Insolvency

SPIEGEL ONLINE - June 20, 2014

After countless delays, technical problems and cost overruns, the German capital's troubled new airport faces another obstacle: It is running out of money. With the current CEO refusing to give detailed plans, it seems likely taxpayers will have to foot the bill. By Christoph Pauly and Andreas Wassermann more... Comment ]

From Burger Flipper to Bürgermeister? Immigrant Could Become Next Berlin Mayor

From Burger Flipper to Bürgermeister? Immigrant Could Become Next Berlin Mayor

SPIEGEL ONLINE - April 11, 2014

With Berlin Mayor Klaus Wowereit facing his political Waterloo, all eyes have turned to Raed Saleh, who could become the first mayor of a major German city with foreign roots. The German capital's changing demographics could help him. By Frank Hornig more... Comment ]

Berlin Blunder: Google Maps Brings Back 'Adolf Hitler Square'

Berlin Blunder: Google Maps Brings Back 'Adolf Hitler Square'

SPIEGEL ONLINE - January 10, 2014

Online mapping service Google Maps temporarily mislabeled a square in central Berlin with its former Nazi-era name: Adolf Hitler Square. Google couldn't explain the error when contacted by reporters but said they were looking into the matter. more... Comment ]

Nightlife Crisis Averted: GEMA Strikes Fee Deal with Clubs

Nightlife Crisis Averted: GEMA Strikes Fee Deal with Clubs

SPIEGEL ONLINE - December 12, 2013

Nightlife organizers have finalized an agreement with performers' rights organization GEMA about controversial fee increases for rights to play songs. The previously proposed increases had been seen as a threat to Berlin nightlife. more... Comment ]

Dead Good Coffee: Cemetery Cafés Gain Popularity in Berlin

Dead Good Coffee: Cemetery Cafés Gain Popularity in Berlin

SPIEGEL ONLINE - November 25, 2013

Graveyards may not seem the ideal location for afternoon tea, but there is a trend towards opening cafes inside cemetery walls in Berlin and other cities. They offer comfort not just for the bereaved but for local people and tourists who seek tranquility. By Hiltrud Bontrup more... Comment ]

Housing Shortage: Berlin Bans Tourist Apartments

Housing Shortage: Berlin Bans Tourist Apartments

SPIEGEL ONLINE - November 22, 2013

Berlin's tourist boom has led many locals to rent out their apartments to visitors for short-term stays. Now the Berlin senate, amid soaring rents, has passed a law banning the practice. Critics, however, are unsure of how effective it will be. more... Comment ]

Caveman Cuisine: Scientists Question Rise of the 'Paleo Diet'

Caveman Cuisine: Scientists Question Rise of the 'Paleo Diet'

SPIEGEL ONLINE - November 08, 2013

The "paleo diet" -- which supposedly mimics what our caveman ancestors ate -- has become a new health craze. But many scientists doubt that this hunter-gatherer cuisine of meat, veggies and fruit is as healthy as advertised, or even historically correct. By Frank Thadeusz more... Comment ]

Re-Energizing in Berlin: Microsoft Turns to Start-Ups for New Energy

Re-Energizing in Berlin: Microsoft Turns to Start-Ups for New Energy

SPIEGEL ONLINE - November 07, 2013

The opening of Microsoft's grand new center in Berlin is part of efforts to re-energize the tech giant. Start-ups are at the heart of both its renewed presence in the German capital and of its plans to regain ground lost to its rivals. By David Knight more... Comment ]

Berlin Startups: SoundCloud Blazes Lonely Trail to Top

Berlin Startups: SoundCloud Blazes Lonely Trail to Top

SPIEGEL ONLINE - November 01, 2013

SoundCloud, a platform for uploading and sharing audio files, is the biggest success story to emerge from Berlin's tech startup boom. It just hit 250 million monthly users -- but it's global success hasn't been replicated by others in the German capital. By David Knight more... Comment ]