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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.

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 HŁetlin 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 ]