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East-West Story: The Parallel Lives of Two World-Class Dancers

East-West Story: The Parallel Lives of Two World-Class Dancers

SPIEGEL ONLINE - October 28, 2015

Joy Womack is from California, Sergei Polunin from a poor city in Ukraine. One went East to pursue a career in ballet, the other West. For both, talent has proven to be a double-edged sword. By Samiha Shafy in Moscow more... Comment ]

Oktoberfest's Cathedrals: Artist Captures Places of Beer Worship

Oktoberfest's Cathedrals: Artist Captures Places of Beer Worship

SPIEGEL ONLINE - September 16, 2015

Photographer Michael von Hassel takes haunting photographs of Oktoberfest's cavernous beer tents once all of the millions of annual visitors have gone home. By Antje Blinda more... Comment ]

Indonesia's Secret: In the Kingdom of Gentle Islam

Indonesia's Secret: In the Kingdom of Gentle Islam

SPIEGEL ONLINE - August 13, 2015

Nowhere in the world are there more Muslims living in one place than in the Southeast Asian island nation of Indonesia, which will be a guest of honor at the Frankfurt Book Fair this fall. Can a cosmopolitan faith assert itself against Islam? A journey. By Erich Follath more... Comment ]

'Nobody Has Endless Strength': Ai Weiwei's New Life in Europe

'Nobody Has Endless Strength': Ai Weiwei's New Life in Europe

SPIEGEL ONLINE - August 13, 2015

Chinese artist Ai Weiwei was finally given his passport back and immediately left the country to join his family in Germany. But he is unsettled by his newfound freedom and he is searching for a new role. SPIEGEL caught up with him in Munich. By Bernhard Zand more... Comment ]

Haphazard and Uninspired: Why Berlin Is World's Most Boring Museum City

Haphazard and Uninspired: Why Berlin Is World's Most Boring Museum City

SPIEGEL ONLINE - July 16, 2015

As far as major cities go, few other places are in possession of so many treasures that are so poorly exhibited as Berlin. It's as though cultural institutions here go out of their way to keep people from visiting. By Ulrike Knöfel more... Comment ]

Rem Koolhaas Interview: 'We Shouldn't Tear Down Buildings We Can Still Use'

Rem Koolhaas Interview: 'We Shouldn't Tear Down Buildings We Can Still Use'

SPIEGEL ONLINE - May 04, 2015

Dutch architect Rem Koolhaas talks to SPIEGEL about the new Fondazione Prada museum he designed in Milan, the danger of turning cities into historical Disneylands and his desire to raze an entire neighborhood of Paris. Interview Conducted by Marianne Wellershoff more... Comment ]

Günter Grass Obituary: Farewell to Germany's Towering Literary Figure

Günter Grass Obituary: Farewell to Germany's Towering Literary Figure

SPIEGEL ONLINE - April 13, 2015

As a writer, he helped define postwar German literature. As a political activist, he helped shape the nation's conscience. For some 60 years, Günter Grass was one of the most influential figures in Germany. By Sebastian Hammelehle more... Comment ]

Medieval Fantasies? Islamic State Pursues Apocalyptic Logic

Medieval Fantasies? Islamic State Pursues Apocalyptic Logic

SPIEGEL ONLINE - March 19, 2015

Islamic State is making headlines by destroying historical artifacts in Iraq. But far from being an expression of medieval nihilism, the campaign on culture is a strategy aimed at drawing the West into battle. The destruction is reminiscent of that wrought by the US. An Essay By Georg Diez more... Comment ]

The Grapes of Wrath: France's Great Wines Are Feeling the Heat

The Grapes of Wrath: France's Great Wines Are Feeling the Heat

SPIEGEL ONLINE - October 30, 2014

In France, climate change is no longer just an abstract problem. The culinary country's grand wine culture is threatened by rising global temperatures. Vintners are fighting to save a part of our world culture heritage that spans the last two millennia. By Ullrich Fichtner more... Comment ]

Flippin' Good: Germany Learns to Love the Burger

Flippin' Good: Germany Learns to Love the Burger

SPIEGEL ONLINE - October 30, 2014

Hamburgers may be named after the northern German city, but only recently has it become easier to find a good one in the country. A wave of gourmet burger joints is now sweeping Germany, and fast food restaurants could soon be feeling the pinch. By Alexander Kühn and Ann-Kathrin Nezik more... Comment ]