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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.

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 ]

Tale of Two Cities: Exhibition Spotlights Berlin-Vienna Connection

Tale of Two Cities: Exhibition Spotlights Berlin-Vienna Connection

SPIEGEL ONLINE - October 30, 2013

Berlin and Vienna both played key roles in the transformative artistic period of the early 20th century. A new exhibition traces the cities' parallel development with show-stopping works from Gustav Klimt, Otto Dix and Egon Schiele. more... Comment ]

Record Release: Berlin Gags on Lady Gaga's Berghain Show

Record Release: Berlin Gags on Lady Gaga's Berghain Show

SPIEGEL ONLINE - October 24, 2013

Berlin's legendary techno club Berghain is hosting a VIP-only record-release party by major label pop star Lady Gaga on Thursday night. Does the appearance signal the downfall of a storied institution -- or is it just business as usual? A Commentary by Charly Wilder more... Comment ]