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    1914 - 2014

    The Disturbing Relevance of World War I.

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Mad King Ludwig? Study Claims Bavarian Monarch Was Sane

Mad King Ludwig? Study Claims Bavarian Monarch Was Sane

January 31, 2014, 05:21 PM

People have long believed that Bavarian King Ludwig II, the man responsible for building the famous castle of Neuschwanstein, was mentally ill. Indeed, he was dethroned for that very reason. But a recent study casts doubt on that diagnosis. By Frank Thadeusz more... Comment ]


Max Mosley: Google Is So 'Arrogant They Do Whatever They Like'

Max Mosley: Google Is So 'Arrogant They Do Whatever They Like'

January 29, 2014, 07:08 PM

In an interview, former racing boss Max Mosley discusses his successful legal battle against Google to filter out compromising sex photos, the fight for Internet privacy in the era of NSA spying and his endless quest for justice. Interview By Susanne Amann and Isabell Hülsen more... Comment ]


Berlin Blunder: Google Maps Brings Back 'Adolf Hitler Square'

Berlin Blunder: Google Maps Brings Back 'Adolf Hitler Square'

January 10, 2014, 10:51 AM

Online mapping service Google Maps temporarily mislabeled a square in central Berlin with its former Nazi-era name: Adolf Hitler Square. Google couldn't explain the error when contacted by reporters but said they were looking into the matter. more... Comment ]

Corporate Wake-Up Call: German Dads Demand Family Time

Corporate Wake-Up Call: German Dads Demand Family Time

January 03, 2014, 03:04 PM

Family friendly policies in German business have been targeted at women in the past, but the tables are turning. Men are demanding more flexible working conditions in order to balance work and family burdens, forcing big changes in corporate culture. By Susanne Amann and Simone Salden more... Comment ]

Robotics Challenge: Creating the Disaster Response of the Future

Robotics Challenge: Creating the Disaster Response of the Future

December 19, 2013, 04:32 PM

Seventeen rescue robots are competing in Florida this weekend, where their task is to clear away debris, break through walls and climb ladders -- a test run for their use in future disaster scenarios. But the humanoid figures are still a little shaky on their feet. By Johann Grolle more... Comment ]

Britain's Luftwoofe: The Heroic Paradogs of World War II

Britain's Luftwoofe: The Heroic Paradogs of World War II

December 17, 2013, 05:17 PM

As they prepared for D-Day and the fight against Nazi Germany, the 13th Parachute Battalion of the British Army developed a new weapon: parachuting dogs. One heroic hound would even earn a medal for his service. By Lazar Backovic more... Comment ]

Controversial Theologian Hans Küng: 'I Don't Cling to This Life'

Controversial Theologian Hans Küng: 'I Don't Cling to This Life'

December 12, 2013, 01:47 PM

Hans Küng fought his whole life for the reforms being weighed by the Vatican today. In a SPIEGEL interview, the elderly Swiss theologian discusses Pope Francis' chances to revolutionize the church, why John Paul II shouldn't be canonized and what he hopes to learn in heaven. By Markus Grill more... Comment ]

Pakistani CIA Informant: 'Drone Attacks Are the Right Thing to Do'

Pakistani CIA Informant: 'Drone Attacks Are the Right Thing to Do'

December 04, 2013, 12:43 PM

A Pakistani who works as an operative for the CIA spoke to SPIEGEL about his motives for helping the Americans, the civilian casualties of drone attacks and his fear of the Taliban. An Interview By Hasnain Kazim more... Comment ]

Virtual Destruction: Film Recreates Siege of Heidelberg Castle

Virtual Destruction: Film Recreates Siege of Heidelberg Castle

December 04, 2013, 12:41 PM

Millions visit the ruins of iconic Heidelberg Castle in Germany each year. A museum in the region recently commissioned archeologists to create an animation reconstructing the attack on the landmark during the Nine Years' War in 1693. By Frank Thadeusz more... Video | Comment ]

Purity Pride: Germany Wants World Heritage Status for Its Beer

Purity Pride: Germany Wants World Heritage Status for Its Beer

December 02, 2013, 06:20 PM

Germany's brewers are so proud of their 500-year-old beer purity law, which states that it must consist only of water, malt, hops and yeast, that they want it inscribed in UNESCO's World Heritage list -- alongside the pyramids, the Taj Mahal and Flamenco dancing. By David Crossland more... Comment ]