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Poor, but Sexy

Once the stage of Nazi Germany and epicenter of the subsequent Cold War, Berlin was at the heart of 20th century geopolitics. The city has been reborn as the eclectic capital of reunified Germany. Unemployment is high, but the city still holds a cachet with the creative classes and tourists.

Nach vier Monaten: Flaschenpost eines deutschen Jungen an Israels Küste aufgetaucht

Nach vier Monaten: Flaschenpost eines deutschen Jungen an Israels Küste aufgetaucht

SPIEGEL ONLINE - January 21, 2019

Ein fünfjähriger Berliner hat vor Monaten eine Flaschenpost in Griechenland ins Meer geworfen. Die Botschaft kam in Israel an - womöglich gibt es sogar bald ein Treffen. mehr... Forum ]

Berlin Mitte: Fünf Menschen durch Autounfall schwer verletzt

Berlin Mitte: Fünf Menschen durch Autounfall schwer verletzt

SPIEGEL ONLINE - December 29, 2018

Im Berliner Stadtteil Mitte sind bei einem Unfall fünf Menschen schwer verletzt worden: Ein Auto war in eine Gruppe von Passanten gerast. mehr...


Babylon Berlin: The German Capital at a Crossroads

Babylon Berlin: The German Capital at a Crossroads

SPIEGEL ONLINE - December 17, 2018

Berlin is changing. That's nothing new, of course, but even as integration challenges have resulted in crime in some neighborhoods, others are trying to find ways to avoid the stasis that comes with gentrification. Success is uncertain. By Lars-Olav Beier, Hilmar Schmundt and Volker Weidermann more... Comment ]

Berlin: Vater wegen illegaler Beschneidung seines Sohnes verurteilt

Berlin: Vater wegen illegaler Beschneidung seines Sohnes verurteilt

SPIEGEL ONLINE - June 20, 2018

7500 Euro Schmerzensgeld bekommt ein Junge aus Berlin, weil sein Vater ihn von zwei Nichtmedizinern beschneiden ließ - zu Hause auf dem Küchentisch. mehr... Video ]


A Death in Berlin: Deafening Silence After Overdose at Berghain

A Death in Berlin: Deafening Silence After Overdose at Berghain

SPIEGEL ONLINE - April 03, 2018

During an around-the-world trip last summer, a couple from California visited Berlin's legendary Berghain techno club. A few hours later, one of them was dead. Even today, no one seems willing to accept responsibility for the tragedy. By Alexander Osang more... Comment ]

History Comes Full Circle: Berlin Before and After the Wall

History Comes Full Circle: Berlin Before and After the Wall

SPIEGEL ONLINE - February 05, 2018

The Berlin Wall stood for exactly 28 years, two months and 26 days. It has now been gone for as long as it was in place. These photos show a city that hasn't done badly for itself in the years since reunification. By Christoph Gunkel more... Video | Comment ]


2016 Berlin Christmas Market Attack: Terror Survivors Feel Abandoned by German Authorities

2016 Berlin Christmas Market Attack: Terror Survivors Feel Abandoned by German Authorities

SPIEGEL ONLINE - December 15, 2017

One year after the terror attack on the Christmas market in Berlin, the relatives of the victims feel like the German authorities have treated them callously or neglected them. Some of their anger is also directed at German Chancellor Angela Merkel. By Britta Stuff and Wolf Wiedmann-Schmidt more...

Patchwork Solution: An End to Berlin's Neverending Airport Fiasco?

Patchwork Solution: An End to Berlin's Neverending Airport Fiasco?

SPIEGEL ONLINE - December 11, 2017

The idea of a soft launch for Berlin's long-delayed new international airport is gaining traction. It would mean opening its doors in 2020, but without its main terminal. By Gerald Traufetter and Andreas Wassermann more... Comment ]


Democracy Under Pressure: Germany Balances Liberty and Security in Face of Terror

Democracy Under Pressure: Germany Balances Liberty and Security in Face of Terror

SPIEGEL ONLINE - January 06, 2017

In the wake of the Berlin terror attack, leading German politicians have begun demanding changes to the country's security architecture. With fall elections approaching, the issue is set to dominate the campaign. But there's also a danger of going too far. By SPIEGEL Staff more... Comment ]

A Known 'Threat': Why Did Germany Fail to Stop Terrorist?

A Known 'Threat': Why Did Germany Fail to Stop Terrorist?

SPIEGEL ONLINE - January 05, 2017

German authorities identified Anis Amri as a potential terrorist threat months ago. How did they fail to stop him from committing his deadly attack? These government failures are likely to haunt the country for months to come. By SPIEGEL Staff more... Comment ]