SPIEGEL Cover Story:
This week DER SPIEGEL is publishing a special section on Berlin with many short reports, cultural and political articles and Berlin tips.
AOL versus T-Online: AOL is on the defensive in the German market and has adopted an aggressive price policy against market leader T-Online.
Karlheinz Schreiber arrested in Canada.
Where Has There Been a War?
Kosovo: In the surprisingly vital German sector of the Yugoslav province, virtually nothing goes without the know-how of the German army. The grateful Albanians are embracing their protectors. However the increasingly widespread opinion that Germans are simply that much more competent than the French or British, could have undesirable consequences. Already, the co-ordinator of the German Society for Technical Co-operation (GTZ), Paul Weber, talks of growing dissatisfaction in the country. If the German sector continues to be cosseted as the provinces model district, an unimpeded influx from other regions threatens a dangerous ambition in the general turmoil. And the signs that trouble is looming for the omnipresent Kfor, after months of a surprisingly harmonious occupation of foreign terrain, are already mounting. In particular, the Kosovo Liberation Army, KLA, which has been behaving increasingly aggressively over the past few weeks, has no intention of allowing the state to be removed from its grasp.
Emerging as Unblemished as Possible
Federal Armed Forces: The German army has succeeded in polishing up its reputation within society through its moderate style of leadership, modern management and clever media policy in Kosovo. The twin strategy of the first few weeks reveals what spirit of leadership this army prefers at the bottom of its military heart: two one-star generals one for the media and one for duties. All too often the two were divided on the division of labour and how to accomplish their task, and made life difficult for each other. At times, for instance, the soldiers would receive new instructions every day on how to proceed with law-breakers.
What Did I Do Wrong
East Germanys State Security Service: A spectacular escape in a home-made hot air balloon excited the entire world in the late seventies. The East German Stasi took revenge for its disgrace: it smuggled the best friend of the balloons pilot into his company which went bankrupt soon afterwards. Somehow the balloon refugees had always suspected that they were still under the Stasis control in the West. Now they have found proof in the thick files of the Stasi. The friends breach of faith is not the only bit of bad news that the family discovered among the records. The husbands sister and brother also offered their services to the Stasi. The former spy defends his actions: the fact remains, he says, that he went to prison for almost two years in East Germany for helping in the escape and was put under massive pressure in prison.
A New Era
SPIEGEL interview with state minister Mehmet Ali Irtemçelik on the effects of the earthquake on Ankaras relations with the European Union:
The humanitarian aid, the generosity and the emotional warmth of the Europeans have touched and impressed us very deeply. I would almost compare the effects of this earthquake with the impact of the atomic bombs in Hiroshima and Nagasaki. We now know that we have to go beyond political opportunism in solving our problems including the situation in the south-east of Turkey and we have to bring our country up to the level of modern civilisation.
We Wont Ask for Mercy
Russia: Moscows jubilation over its victory in Dagestan was premature. The conflict with Muslim rebels along the Chechen border has flared up again in several places. Coming in third-last place in the affluence statistics of Russias 89 provinces, Dagestan, the Babylon of the Caucasus, is sinking in a mire of corruption and crime. Ethnic clans have divided up the oil business, fishing and banking among themselves, as well as key positions in politics, the police and the judiciary. Many Dagestanian communities have declared the Prophets teachings to be the only valid ideology. Moscows efforts to tackle the Muslims with fire and the sword is hopeless. Ramasan Abdulatipov, the only Dagestanian minister in Yetsins cabinet, had previously warned that military force would have no effect in Dagestan, but only break open the many ethnic ulcers in this multi-ethnic state.
Mighty Goblins in the Head
Medicine: Some 50,000 Germans suffer from a little-known condition: while eating, talking or having sex they suddenly fall asleep. Hitchcock and Napoleon are also said to have suffered from narcolepsy. Latest findings by geneticist are now giving rise to hope for a treatment. Scientists at Stanford University have identified a gene coding the genetic information for a specific receptor on the surface of neurones in the hypothalamus. A second team at the University of Texas has discovered the sleep-regulating effect of a hormone (hypocretine) which fits this precise receptor like a lock and key. When too little of the hormone is present, or it is unable to dock with the neurones in the sleep control centre, behaviour becomes disrupted, with wakefulness being suddenly interrupted by phases of rigid sleep.
My Father Wanted It That Way
Nobility: She rides at international shows, hopes to be at the start in Sydney and does a special kind of marketing: Princess Haya of Jordan, daughter of the late King Hussein, is promoting her country as a business partner and tourist destination. She is very keen to take part in the Olympic Games in the summer of 2000. That is why Haya Bint al-Hussein has moved to Germany. That is why she is training at Paul Schokemöhles stables in Mühlen near Oldenburg. Jordan needs PR, it needs investors and trading partners, it needs the astonishment at the oriental princess who is touring Europe, announcing with a charming smile wherever she goes that: Jordan is a very modern state.
Fighting against Giantism
SPIEGEL interview with IOC reformer Jacques Rogge on corruption, doping and his ambitions for becoming heir to President Samaranch:
We have a lot of good people and I am not so pessimistic as to think the future of the IOC depended only on a man selected by Providence. The IOC should concentrate on organising the best possible games for the athletes and disseminating the Olympic philosophy. That is enough. Its wrong to believe we are the government of sports. It would be naive to think any form of sport were untouched by doping problems. Unfortunately we dont know how big the problem really is. If you ask me whether sports are less credible than in 1920 then my answer is: no. In the old days it was money that determined who was able to take part in the Olympic Games.