The Orange Social Design Award: Help Us Make Our Cities More Liveable

The Orange Social Design Award: Help Us Make Our Cities More Liveable

SPIEGEL ONLINE - July 30, 2014

Vegetables for all and collection bags for second-hand treasures: Smart design doesn't just look good -- it also seeks to do good. That's why we're launching the Orange Social Design Award, to be bestowed on ideas that look great and improve life in the city. By Marianne Wellershoff more... Comment ]

Bad Fit: Why Germany Doesn't Cut It in International Fashion

Bad Fit: Why Germany Doesn't Cut It in International Fashion

SPIEGEL ONLINE - July 08, 2014

Berlin Fashion Week is underway, but A-listers are keeping their distance. The event has failed to put the German capital on the clothing map. A closer look at the career trajectory of designer Kostas Murkudis provides some insight into the reasons why. By Mareike Nieberding more... Comment ]

Price Wars: Amazon Battles Traditional German Publishers

Price Wars: Amazon Battles Traditional German Publishers

SPIEGEL ONLINE - July 04, 2014

Amazon is delaying deliveries in Germany in a bid to raise its share of e-book earnings. A number of the country's biggest publishers say the strategy amounts to blackmail and are refusing to cave in. But their refusal to compromise could cost them their future. By Isabell Hülsen and Claudia Voigt more... Comment ]

Stuck in Germany? Dispute Brews over Gurlitt Collection

Stuck in Germany? Dispute Brews over Gurlitt Collection

SPIEGEL ONLINE - May 12, 2014

Before his death, Munich art heir Cornelius Gurlitt willed his collection to a major art museum in Switzerland. The move will spare Germans some headaches, but numerous disputes over the paintings' future home is brewing. By SPIEGEL Staff more... Comment ]

Nightlife Crisis Averted: GEMA Strikes Fee Deal with Clubs

Nightlife Crisis Averted: GEMA Strikes Fee Deal with Clubs

SPIEGEL ONLINE - December 12, 2013

Nightlife organizers have finalized an agreement with performers' rights organization GEMA about controversial fee increases for rights to play songs. The previously proposed increases had been seen as a threat to Berlin nightlife. more... Comment ]

Return of the B-Boy: Breakdancing Sees Global Resurgence

Return of the B-Boy: Breakdancing Sees Global Resurgence

SPIEGEL ONLINE - December 03, 2013

Breakdancing, an artform invented by New York street gangs in the 1980s, is seeing a renaissance on a global scale. Today's battles may be big-budget spectacles with flashy acrobatics, but they still prize one thing above all else: style. By Lukas Eberle more... Comment ]

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 ]

Monsters on the Sofa: A Photographer's Costume Portraits

Monsters on the Sofa: A Photographer's Costume Portraits

SPIEGEL ONLINE - November 21, 2013

Cookie Monster at the kitchen table, a dragon playing the piano: Klaus Pichler likes to photograph people wearing costumes in their homes. In an interview, he talks about the unusual subjects of his work. By Gesa Mayr more... Comment ]

In the Frame: German TV Finally Starts Following the Plot

In the Frame: German TV Finally Starts Following the Plot

SPIEGEL ONLINE - November 18, 2013

German cinema enjoys international acclaim, but there's a dearth of quality entertainment on the small screen. Now, with TV drama from the US as well as its own neighbors riding high, Germany has finally got the memo, and change is afoot. By Jane Paulick more... Comment ]

Polanski on Polanski: The Director Discusses His Life Tragedies

Polanski on Polanski: The Director Discusses His Life Tragedies

SPIEGEL ONLINE - November 12, 2013

Roman Polanski turned 80 in August, and his new film "Venus in Fur" will be released this month. He discusses his childhood in the Krakow ghetto, the murder of his wife Sharon Tate and his abuse of a 13-year-old girl in 1977. "We all just tried to forget about it," he says. Interview By Philipp Oehmke and Martin Wolf more... Comment ]