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Hooked on Tagging: When Graffiti Becomes a Dangerous Addiction

Hooked on Tagging: When Graffiti Becomes a Dangerous Addiction

SPIEGEL ONLINE - December 03, 2013

Two young Hamburg graffiti artists recently suffered serious accidents in the space of just four days. Both sustained very severe injuries, a typical outcome in a risk-taking subculture in which some have paid for their passion with their lives. By Bruno Schrep more... Comment ]

Jailhouse Chic: Investors Remake Germany's Disused Prisons

Jailhouse Chic: Investors Remake Germany's Disused Prisons

SPIEGEL ONLINE - December 03, 2013

As inmate numbers in Germany steadily decline, some states are selling off unneeded correctional facilities to private investors. The result is a new brand of high-end apartments, hotels and event centers housed in renovated former prisons. By Stephan Degenhardt more... Comment ]

New Cannibalism Case? Germany Probes Suspicious Murder

New Cannibalism Case? Germany Probes Suspicious Murder

SPIEGEL ONLINE - November 29, 2013

Over a decade after a similar case shocked the world, a German daily reported Friday that a German police officer may have seduced and murdered a man he met on a cannibalism fetish website. The suspect has been arrested. more...

Neo-Nazi Terror Trial: Cousin Says Zschäpe Was 'Loving and Nice'

Neo-Nazi Terror Trial: Cousin Says Zschäpe Was 'Loving and Nice'

SPIEGEL ONLINE - November 28, 2013

Neo-Nazi trial defendant Beate Zschäpe's mother and cousin were in court this week to cast light on the alleged terrorist cell member's past. Although her mother refused to testify, her cousin described how their circle had "leaned right" from an early age. more... Comment ]

MafiaLeaks: Italian Portal Takes Aim at Organized Crime

MafiaLeaks: Italian Portal Takes Aim at Organized Crime

SPIEGEL ONLINE - November 07, 2013

A new group in Italy is seeking to break the mafia's code of silence by providing informants the means to safely reveal information to the media or authorities via an anonymous Internet portal. The site's founders are hoping for tip-offs from abroad too By Hans-Jürgen Schlamp in Rome more... Comment ]

Nazi Plunder: 1,500 Modern Artworks Found in Munich Flat

Nazi Plunder: 1,500 Modern Artworks Found in Munich Flat

SPIEGEL ONLINE - November 04, 2013

The spectacular discovery of modernist masterpieces in a squalid Munich apartment is the latest twist in a story that began almost 80 years ago. Many of the works appear to be among those confiscated by the Nazis as "degenerate art," and it remains unclear what will become of them. more... Comment ]

Roma Stereotypes: How Racist Assumptions Fueled 'Maria' Fiasco

Roma Stereotypes: How Racist Assumptions Fueled 'Maria' Fiasco

SPIEGEL ONLINE - October 28, 2013

When Greek police stumbled upon a blond, blue-eyed girl when raiding a Roma settlement two weeks ago, it triggered a wave of worries fed by long-held stereotypes. The fears proved unfounded, but the family remains divided. more... Comment ]

Wasted EU Funds: Brussels Ignores Tip-Offs from Greek Official

Wasted EU Funds: Brussels Ignores Tip-Offs from Greek Official

SPIEGEL ONLINE - October 18, 2013

Anti-corruption officials in Brussels have failed to investigate reports of squandered EU funds at a training institute in Greece, a German paper reported Friday. Well-connected teachers were allegedly paid up to €610 per hour for up to 225 work hours per month. more... Comment ]

Organized Crime: Moscow Protests Spark Crackdown on Markets

Organized Crime: Moscow Protests Spark Crackdown on Markets

SPIEGEL ONLINE - October 17, 2013

Following the alleged murder of a young Russian by a foreigner, angry protesters rioted at a nearby wholesale market known to employ immigrants. Now authorities have cracked down on the market, believed to be controlled by criminal gangs. By Benjamin Bidder more... Comment ]

Maddie Disappearance: Parents Appeal to Germans for Clues

Maddie Disappearance: Parents Appeal to Germans for Clues

SPIEGEL ONLINE - October 17, 2013

The parents of Madeleine McCann appealed to German television viewers on Wednesday night for clues in their daughter's disappearance more than six years ago. Investigators believe that new information in the case could lead to German suspects. more... Comment ]