'Ich Bin ein Berliner': An Indelible Memory of Kennedy's Speech

'Ich Bin ein Berliner': An Indelible Memory of Kennedy's Speech

SPIEGEL ONLINE - June 25, 2013

In the summer of 1963 Kennedy came to the divided city of Berlin and spoke his famous words "Ich bin ein Berliner." Fifty years later, the visit of the 35th American president still shapes the city's collective memory. By Sophie Arts more... Comment ]

Chimes of Freedom: How Springsteen Helped Tear Down the Wall

Chimes of Freedom: How Springsteen Helped Tear Down the Wall

SPIEGEL ONLINE - June 19, 2013

In July 1988, Bruce Springsteen gave East Germany the biggest rock concert it ever saw. In a new book, journalist Erik Kirschbaum says the Boss inspired an entire generation to strive for more freedom -- and deserves some credit for the fall of the Berlin Wall. By David Crossland more... Comment ]


Stasi Suspicions: Berlin Wall Developer's Past in Question

Stasi Suspicions: Berlin Wall Developer's Past in Question

SPIEGEL ONLINE - April 08, 2013

Maik Uwe Hinkel, the controversial investor behind the luxury apartment complex that has displaced parts of Berlin's East Side Gallery, is a staunch socialist. There is also evidence that suggests he may have been a spy for East Germany's notorious secret police, the Stasi. By Sven Becker and Peter Wensierski more... Comment ]

Before Dawn: Removal of Berlin Wall Section Resumed

Before Dawn: Removal of Berlin Wall Section Resumed

SPIEGEL ONLINE - March 27, 2013

The project was put on hold after thousands showed up in protest, but early Wednesday morning developers resumed their removal of a section of the longest remaining stretch of the Berlin Wall to make way for luxury housing. more... Comment ]


Luxury Project Suspended: Protests in Berlin Save the Wall for Now

Luxury Project Suspended: Protests in Berlin Save the Wall for Now

SPIEGEL ONLINE - March 04, 2013

The investor behind a controversial luxury housing complex in the German capital has suspended construction after thousands protested plans to remove a section of the Berlin Wall to accomodate the building. He will try to find a compromise at a meeting with officials later this month. more... Video | Comment ]

Luxury Condos: Protesters Block Dismantling of Part of Berlin Wall

Luxury Condos: Protesters Block Dismantling of Part of Berlin Wall

SPIEGEL ONLINE - March 01, 2013

In 1989, the crowds yelled for the Berlin Wall to come down. But, on Friday, hundreds of protesters stopped workers from dismantling part of the longest remaining stretch of the Wall so that a luxury apartment complex could be built. more... Video | Comment ]


Exile in Chile: Former East German Leader's Wife Is Homesick

Exile in Chile: Former East German Leader's Wife Is Homesick

SPIEGEL ONLINE - February 07, 2012

She may be "tough" and "sporty," but the exiled widow of East Germany's former leader still misses home. Margot Honecker longs for the forests and wild mushrooms of Germany, the author of a new book about her husband says. more...

'Europe Has Become Poorer': A Continent Mourns the Passing of Vaclav Havel

'Europe Has Become Poorer': A Continent Mourns the Passing of Vaclav Havel

SPIEGEL ONLINE - December 19, 2011

Leaders from the Czech Republic, Europe and beyond have expressed their sorrow at the death of Velvet Revolution leader Vaclav Havel. Thousands gathered in the heart of Prague on Sunday evening to mourn the passing of one of the communist-era's greatest dissidents. more...


A 'Half-Baked' Deal: Former German Chancellor Considered Buying East Germany

A 'Half-Baked' Deal: Former German Chancellor Considered Buying East Germany

SPIEGEL ONLINE - October 04, 2011

Newly released documents from the CIA and State Department suggest that former German Chancellor Ludwig Erhard wanted to purchase German unity from the Soviet Union for around $25 billion. But the Americans didn't take the German leaders suggestion very seriously at the time. By Jan Friedmann and Axel Frohn more... Comment ]

Needy Germans Irritated JFK, Tapes Reveal: 'He Got Awfully Fed Up with Adenauer and All that Berlin'

Needy Germans Irritated JFK, Tapes Reveal: 'He Got Awfully Fed Up with Adenauer and All that Berlin'

SPIEGEL ONLINE - September 15, 2011

This week's release of interviews with former first lady Jacqueline Kennedy has revealed a new side of the demure fashion icon. Among the unsparing criticism of her husband's political contemporaries were also a few comments about the Germans, who were apparently the source of great aggravation. more...