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 ]

Philosophical Differences: The Falling-Out of Camus and Sartre

Philosophical Differences: The Falling-Out of Camus and Sartre

SPIEGEL ONLINE - November 06, 2013

Albert Camus and Jean-Paul Sartre, two of the most important minds of the 20th century, were closely entwined throughout their careers. On the centenary of Camus' birth, SPIEGEL looks back at their famous friendship and the ideological feud that ultimately unraveled it. By Volker Hage more... Comment ]

Munich Find: Allies Briefly Confiscated Art after WWII

SPIEGEL ONLINE - November 06, 2013

New details continue to emerge following the astounding discovery of more than 1,400 valuable paintings in a Munich apartment. Some of the works, including unknown masterpieces by Dix and Chagall, were reportedly confiscated by the Allies after World War II and then returned to the collector in 1950. more... Comment ]

Hair Apparent: World Beard Competition Crowns Winners

Hair Apparent: World Beard Competition Crowns Winners

SPIEGEL ONLINE - November 04, 2013

Held in Germany this year, the 2013 World Moustache and Beard Championships featured extravagant facial hair in 18 different categories, including "Full Beard Garibaldi" and "Goatee Fu Manchu." more... Comment ]

Holiday Backlash: Germans Cringe at Rise of Halloween

Holiday Backlash: Germans Cringe at Rise of Halloween

SPIEGEL ONLINE - October 31, 2013

Halloween is barely two decades old in Germany, but it's swiftly become a wildly popular holiday among children and adults alike. Retailers say it's now a vital source of revenue. Still, not everyone is getting in the spooky spirit. By Rupert Neate and Nicholas Connolly more... Comment ]