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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.

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 ]

Cost Explosion: Price Tag for New Berlin Airport Keeps Rising

Cost Explosion: Price Tag for New Berlin Airport Keeps Rising

SPIEGEL ONLINE - October 21, 2013

The seemingly neverending story of the German capital's scandal-plagued new airport continues: The much-delayed project is expected to cost far more than previously thought. And Berlin's mayor appears to be planning a return to the airport's supervisory board. more... Comment ]

Collective Excess: Forty Years of Berlin Nightlife

Collective Excess: Forty Years of Berlin Nightlife

SPIEGEL ONLINE - October 18, 2013

In four decades, Berlin's nightlife has grown from a small scene of West German misfits into a global party mecca. By cultivating its underground mythos, the German capital achieved one of its greatest and strangest success stories -- but not without paying a price. By Thomas Hüetlin more... Comment ]

Roma in Berlin: 'I've Lived in a Car Since I Was Two'

Roma in Berlin: 'I've Lived in a Car Since I Was Two'

SPIEGEL ONLINE - September 30, 2013

Thousands of economic refugees flood into Berlin every year, including many Roma. Some end up homeless, many are insulted or spat upon. Now a new program aims to help them find jobs and apartments -- and begin a new life. By Lena Reich more... Comment ]

Lying Dutchman: Community Service for Mysterious 'Forest Boy'

Lying Dutchman: Community Service for Mysterious 'Forest Boy'

SPIEGEL ONLINE - September 26, 2013

"Forest Boy Ray" intrigued Europe when he turned up in Berlin pretending to have lived in the woods for years. When it all turned out to be lies, he was charged with fraud. But a court has now decided to drop the charges if he completes community service. more... Comment ]

Berlin Art Week: Reining In the Chaotic Creative Scene

Berlin Art Week: Reining In the Chaotic Creative Scene

SPIEGEL ONLINE - September 17, 2013

Berlin Art Week, an initiative designed to corral and celebrate the city's sprawling art scene, returns this week for the second time with an expanded portfolio of events. Following a rocky few years in the Berlin art world, does it herald a new era of unity? By Arsalan Mohammad more... Comment ]

Roller Coaster Ride: The Story of Berlin's Rotting Amusement Park

Roller Coaster Ride: The Story of Berlin's Rotting Amusement Park

SPIEGEL ONLINE - September 13, 2013

With its rusting rides and a Ferris wheel turning idly in the wind, a defunct East German amusement park in Berlin fascinates locals and tourists alike. Repeated attempts to reopen "Spreepark" have been thwarted by administrative chaos and incompetence. By Gesa Mayr more...

Drugs in Berlin: Greens Push Weed Legalization in Park

Drugs in Berlin: Greens Push Weed Legalization in Park

SPIEGEL ONLINE - September 12, 2013

Berlin's Görlitzer Park is crawling with drug dealers and all efforts to solve the problem have failed. Now, one local politician is pushing a radical idea: opening city-run shops that sell cannibis. By Hendrik Ternieden and Anna-Lena Roth more... Comment ]

The Beat Goes On: Legendary Berlin Dance Hall Turns 100

The Beat Goes On: Legendary Berlin Dance Hall Turns 100

SPIEGEL ONLINE - September 11, 2013

Clärchens Ballhaus has seen illegal dueling, Nazi dancing bans, wartime destruction and communist black-marketeering. Fans celebrating its 100th anniversary this week say it retains a timeless charm that makes it an enduring icon of Berlin nightlife. By Kristen Allen more... Comment ]