- 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... [ Forum ]
- 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... [ Forum ]
- 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 | Forum ]
- March 01, 2013
In 1989, the crowds yelled for the Berlin Wall to come down. But, on Friday, hundreds of protesters stopped workers from dismantling part of the longest remaining stretch of the Wall so that a luxury apartment complex could be built. more... [ Video | Forum ]
- February 07, 2012
She may be "tough" and "sporty," but the exiled widow of East Germany's former leader still misses home. Margot Honecker longs for the forests and wild mushrooms of Germany, the author of a new book about her husband says. more...
- December 19, 2011
Leaders from the Czech Republic, Europe and beyond have expressed their sorrow at the death of Velvet Revolution leader Vaclav Havel. Thousands gathered in the heart of Prague on Sunday evening to mourn the passing of one of the communist-era's greatest dissidents. more...
- October 04, 2011
Newly released documents from the CIA and State Department suggest that former German Chancellor Ludwig Erhard wanted to purchase German unity from the Soviet Union for around $25 billion. But the Americans didn't take the German leaders suggestion very seriously at the time. By Jan Friedmann and Axel Frohn more... [ Forum ]
- September 15, 2011
This week's release of interviews with former first lady Jacqueline Kennedy has revealed a new side of the demure fashion icon. Among the unsparing criticism of her husband's political contemporaries were also a few comments about the Germans, who were apparently the source of great aggravation. more...
- August 15, 2011
Universal education, no unemployment and "lusty sex:" These are some of the things that East Germans should be grateful for, according to a far-left German newspaper which listed 13 good things about the Berlin Wall on its front page. The cover has prompted harsh criticism from a prominent historian. more... [ Forum ]
- August 10, 2011
The Berlin Wall, built 50 years ago this month, may be gone, but modern barriers can still be found around the world. Some are designed to keep people in, others are designed to keep people out while some are simply in place to keep people apart. SPIEGEL ONLINE correspondents profile modern-day walls on five continents. By Andreas Lorenz, Katharina Peters, Marc Pitzke, Ulrike Putz and Carsten Volkery more... [ Forum ]