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Interview with Director James Cameron: 'The 'Titanic' Shows That the Unthinkable Can Happen'

Interview with Director James Cameron: 'The 'Titanic' Shows That the Unthinkable Can Happen'

April 06, 2012, 10:36 AM

Canadian film director James Cameron has made three films about the Titantic, including the 1997 blockbuster of the same name. In a SPIEGEL interview, he discusses his lasting fascination with the ship's story and why it is a metaphor that can teach us about love, loss, hubris and ourselves. more...


SPIEGEL Interview with Singer Thomas Quasthoff: 'There Was Certainly a Bonus for Being Disabled'

SPIEGEL Interview with Singer Thomas Quasthoff: 'There Was Certainly a Bonus for Being Disabled'

April 05, 2012, 05:26 PM

German bass-baritone Thomas Quasthoff, one of Germany's best known classical singers, recently announced his decision to retire from the stage. In a SPIEGEL interview, he discusses his thalidomide disability, his talent for entertaining an audience and what he sees as his mission in life. more... Comment ]


Campus Callboys: Students Offer Free Sex to Help Coeds Make the Grade

Campus Callboys: Students Offer Free Sex to Help Coeds Make the Grade

April 04, 2012, 04:29 PM

Three male business students at the University of Mannheim in southwestern Germany are offering a free callboy service to female students who want to improve their grades through an active sex life. The young entrepreneurs claim they are championing female sexuality, but others are doubtful. By Selina Marx more... Comment ]

The World from Berlin: Guggenheim Lab Protest 'Hit a Nerve' in Berlin

The World from Berlin: Guggenheim Lab Protest 'Hit a Nerve' in Berlin

April 04, 2012, 03:14 PM

Organizers of the BMW Guggenheim Lab recently abandoned its original location in Berlin amid fears of violent protests by anti-gentrification activists. They have now announced that the project will go forward, albeit at a more upscale location. German commentators say on Wednesday that while the resistance was a scandal, the city must address citizens' concerns about social exclusion. more...

Mother Earth and the Fatherland: Germany's Far-Right Turns to Environmentalism

Mother Earth and the Fatherland: Germany's Far-Right Turns to Environmentalism

April 03, 2012, 07:04 PM

Environmentalists are often associated with the political left. But now neo-Nazis have discovered nature's charms too. In addition to selling organic vegetables and publishing a magazine on the environment, Germany's far-right NPD party has co-opted green campaign issues. Party members use it as a dubious means to make the NPD more socially acceptable. By Christian Pfaffinger more...

A Bad Thing to 'Like': Barbecued Bunnies Get Politician in Trouble

A Bad Thing to 'Like': Barbecued Bunnies Get Politician in Trouble

April 03, 2012, 12:03 PM

In 2010, drug addicts killed two bunnies from a children's daycare center and barbecued them on site. They even brought ingredients along to season their dish. Now, in an illustration of the perils of making flippant remarks on the Internet, a local politician in Munich is in trouble for commenting "cool" on Facebook. more...

Berlin's Forgotten Half: Excavations Shed Light on History of Cölln

Berlin's Forgotten Half: Excavations Shed Light on History of Cölln

March 30, 2012, 06:19 PM

Centuries ago, a settlement named Cölln formed the core of what is now the German capital. However, it was subsequently subsumed by the growing city of Berlin and disappeared without a trace. Spectacular finds are now helping archaeologists reconstruct the history of the village and its inhabitants. By Frank Thadeusz more...

Even Cuter? Knut's New Half-Sister Makes Public Debut

Even Cuter? Knut's New Half-Sister Makes Public Debut

March 30, 2012, 03:48 PM

A polar bear cub who shares the same father as late Berlin celebrity Knut made her debut this week at the Wuppertal Zoo. But unlike her half-brother, wee Anori has not been abandoned by her mother. The cuddly pair delighted visitors with a romp around their enclosure, and zoo officials are optimistic about her future. more...

Famous Night Clubs Dying Out: Berlin's Reputation as a Party Town Under Threat

Famous Night Clubs Dying Out: Berlin's Reputation as a Party Town Under Threat

March 28, 2012, 07:04 PM

Berlin's famous club scene is under threat from residents complaining about the noise and investors bent on converting venues into posh apartments. Now local politicians plan to set up a fund to rescue the city's reputation as a trendy party town. By Christian Pfaffinger and Luise Poschmann more... Comment ]

'Freegetarian' Feast: Berlin Group Declares War on Food Waste

'Freegetarian' Feast: Berlin Group Declares War on Food Waste

March 28, 2012, 01:45 PM

A series of communal dinners in Berlin is bringing together like-minded food lovers to enjoy meals concocted using local merchants' leftover, unwanted produce. The events are aimed at raising awareness about massive consumer food waste in Germany and the West. By Christopher Cottrell in Berlin more... Comment ]

Predator Shocks Jogger: Scary 'Tiger' Sparks Police Callout in Germany

Predator Shocks Jogger: Scary 'Tiger' Sparks Police Callout in Germany

March 28, 2012, 11:41 AM

Police in Germany raced to the scene after a jogger rang the emergency line in Braunschweig in a panic, saying she had spotted a tiger on her early morning run. The officers had little trouble seizing the friendly looking predator. more...