The Merkel Effect: What Today's Germany Owes to Its Once-Communist East

The Merkel Effect: What Today's Germany Owes to Its Once-Communist East

SPIEGEL ONLINE - October 02, 2014

East Germany ceased to exist following the 1989 revolution and the fall of the Berlin Wall. But did the former communist country help shape today's Germany? The answer is yes, and Chancellor Merkel is a big reason why. By Dirk Kurbjuweit more... Comment ]

Going Bats: German Reunification Memorials Hit the Wall

Going Bats: German Reunification Memorials Hit the Wall

SPIEGEL ONLINE - March 06, 2014

Two monuments to East Germany's peaceful revolution of 1989 were supposed to be unveiled in time for the 25th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall this autumn. But due to a raft of obstacles, from roosting bats to technical challenges, neither project will be ready on time. By Stefan Berg and Steffen Winter more... Comment ]

World War I Guilt: Culpability Question Divides Historians Today

World War I Guilt: Culpability Question Divides Historians Today

SPIEGEL ONLINE - February 14, 2014

This year marks the 100th anniversary of the outbreak of World War I and the 75th of the start of World War II. Questions over the degree of German guilt remain contentious among historians, who have been fighting over the issue for years. By Dirk Kurbjuweit more... Comment ]

Goodbye Ossi: The Demise of Eastern German Identity

Goodbye Ossi: The Demise of Eastern German Identity

SPIEGEL ONLINE - August 30, 2013

For years following reunification, those from the communist east saw themselves as "eastern Germans." Now, more than two decades after the Berlin Wall fell, that identity is rapidly disappearing. East Germany is almost completely gone. An Essay by Stefan Berg more... Comment ]

Code Name 'Kid': American Stasi Spy Tells His Story

Code Name 'Kid': American Stasi Spy Tells His Story

SPIEGEL ONLINE - August 14, 2013

One of East Germany's top spies was actually an American soldier. Jeff Carney defected to the Communist state in 1983 and fed the notorious Stasi with reams of valuable information. He has now written a book about his experiences. By Jürgen Dahlkamp more... Comment ]

'Ich Bin ein Berliner': An Indelible Memory of Kennedy's Speech

'Ich Bin ein Berliner': An Indelible Memory of Kennedy's Speech

SPIEGEL ONLINE - June 25, 2013

In the summer of 1963 Kennedy came to the divided city of Berlin and spoke his famous words "Ich bin ein Berliner." Fifty years later, the visit of the 35th American president still shapes the city's collective memory. By Sophie Arts more... Comment ]

Chimes of Freedom: How Springsteen Helped Tear Down the Wall

Chimes of Freedom: How Springsteen Helped Tear Down the Wall

SPIEGEL ONLINE - June 19, 2013

In July 1988, Bruce Springsteen gave East Germany the biggest rock concert it ever saw. In a new book, journalist Erik Kirschbaum says the Boss inspired an entire generation to strive for more freedom -- and deserves some credit for the fall of the Berlin Wall. By David Crossland more... Comment ]

Stasi Suspicions: Berlin Wall Developer's Past in Question

Stasi Suspicions: Berlin Wall Developer's Past in Question

SPIEGEL ONLINE - April 08, 2013

Maik Uwe Hinkel, the controversial investor behind the luxury apartment complex that has displaced parts of Berlin's East Side Gallery, is a staunch socialist. There is also evidence that suggests he may have been a spy for East Germany's notorious secret police, the Stasi. By Sven Becker and Peter Wensierski more... Comment ]

Before Dawn: Removal of Berlin Wall Section Resumed

Before Dawn: Removal of Berlin Wall Section Resumed

SPIEGEL ONLINE - March 27, 2013

The project was put on hold after thousands showed up in protest, but early Wednesday morning developers resumed their removal of a section of the longest remaining stretch of the Berlin Wall to make way for luxury housing. more... Comment ]

Luxury Project Suspended: Protests in Berlin Save the Wall for Now

Luxury Project Suspended: Protests in Berlin Save the Wall for Now

SPIEGEL ONLINE - March 04, 2013

The investor behind a controversial luxury housing complex in the German capital has suspended construction after thousands protested plans to remove a section of the Berlin Wall to accomodate the building. He will try to find a compromise at a meeting with officials later this month. more... Video | Comment ]