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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.

2016 Berlin Christmas Market Attack: Terror Survivors Feel Abandoned by German Authorities

2016 Berlin Christmas Market Attack: Terror Survivors Feel Abandoned by German Authorities

SPIEGEL ONLINE - December 15, 2017

One year after the terror attack on the Christmas market in Berlin, the relatives of the victims feel like the German authorities have treated them callously or neglected them. Some of their anger is also directed at German Chancellor Angela Merkel. By Britta Stuff and Wolf Wiedmann-Schmidt more...

Patchwork Solution: An End to Berlin's Neverending Airport Fiasco?

Patchwork Solution: An End to Berlin's Neverending Airport Fiasco?

SPIEGEL ONLINE - December 11, 2017

The idea of a soft launch for Berlin's long-delayed new international airport is gaining traction. It would mean opening its doors in 2020, but without its main terminal. By Gerald Traufetter and Andreas Wassermann more... Comment ]


Democracy Under Pressure: Germany Balances Liberty and Security in Face of Terror

Democracy Under Pressure: Germany Balances Liberty and Security in Face of Terror

SPIEGEL ONLINE - January 06, 2017

In the wake of the Berlin terror attack, leading German politicians have begun demanding changes to the country's security architecture. With fall elections approaching, the issue is set to dominate the campaign. But there's also a danger of going too far. By SPIEGEL Staff more... Comment ]

A Known 'Threat': Why Did Germany Fail to Stop Terrorist?

A Known 'Threat': Why Did Germany Fail to Stop Terrorist?

SPIEGEL ONLINE - January 05, 2017

German authorities identified Anis Amri as a potential terrorist threat months ago. How did they fail to stop him from committing his deadly attack? These government failures are likely to haunt the country for months to come. By SPIEGEL Staff more... Comment ]


Terror in Berlin: How the Attack Has Changed the Country

Terror in Berlin: How the Attack Has Changed the Country

SPIEGEL ONLINE - December 23, 2016

Terror attacks bring people together. That, at least, is what used to happen. But the attack in Berlin has followed a different script, with the gap between those content to wait for the facts and those eager to score political points now wider than ever before. A look back at 48 hours that changed the country. By SPIEGEL Staff more... Comment ]

Christmas Market Attack: Case Against Berlin Suspect Crumbles

Christmas Market Attack: Case Against Berlin Suspect Crumbles

SPIEGEL ONLINE - December 20, 2016

On Monday night, police thought they had managed to capture the driver who had rammed a truck into a Christmas market in Berlin. Now, the case is crumbling and the true attacker may still be at large. more...


Haphazard and Uninspired: Why Berlin Is World's Most Boring Museum City

Haphazard and Uninspired: Why Berlin Is World's Most Boring Museum City

SPIEGEL ONLINE - July 16, 2015

As far as major cities go, few other places are in possession of so many treasures that are so poorly exhibited as Berlin. It's as though cultural institutions here go out of their way to keep people from visiting. By Ulrike Knöfel more... Comment ]

Tourism Troubles: Berlin Cracks Down on Vacation Rentals

Tourism Troubles: Berlin Cracks Down on Vacation Rentals

SPIEGEL ONLINE - April 10, 2015

Last year, Berlin passed a law banning unregistered vacation rentals in the city because of a shortage of residential housing. A sharp increase in tourism and the popularity of renting private apartments is exacerbating a serious problem. By Ann-Kathrin Nezik in Berlin more... Comment ]


Emperor's New Clothes: Money Lacking for Facade of Berlin's New Palace

Emperor's New Clothes: Money Lacking for Facade of Berlin's New Palace

SPIEGEL ONLINE - November 21, 2014

Construction on Berlin's new city palace is continuing apace, but organizers lack the money necessary for the structure's Baroque facade. Even worse, the Berlin city-state may back out of the project. By Sven Becker and Michael Sontheimer more... Comment ]

Flippin' Good: Germany Learns to Love the Burger

Flippin' Good: Germany Learns to Love the Burger

SPIEGEL ONLINE - October 30, 2014

Hamburgers may be named after the northern German city, but only recently has it become easier to find a good one in the country. A wave of gourmet burger joints is now sweeping Germany, and fast food restaurants could soon be feeling the pinch. By Alexander Kühn and Ann-Kathrin Nezik more... Comment ]