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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.

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 ]

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 ]