The World from Berlin: Love Parade Blame Game Gets Ugly

The World from Berlin: Love Parade Blame Game Gets Ugly

SPIEGEL ONLINE - July 29, 2010

With Germany still reeling from the tragic deaths of 21 people after a mass panic at last weekend's Love Parade, officials, politicians, organizers and police continue to foist the blame on each other. The German press is appalled. more...

Analysis of the Love Parade Tragedy: The Facts Behind the Duisburg Disaster

Analysis of the Love Parade Tragedy: The Facts Behind the Duisburg Disaster

SPIEGEL ONLINE - July 28, 2010

Who is to blame for the Duisburg Love Parade disaster? Four days after the festival, no one has accepted responsibility. SPIEGEL ONLINE has listed the main questions and tried to provide answers. Amid all the contradictions, excuses and lies, it's already clear that no one in authority was entirely blameless. By Jörg Diehl, Florian Gathmann, Barbara Hans and Julia Jüttner more...


Love Parade Tragedy: Why Hasn't Merkel Visited the Site of the Duisburg Disaster?

Love Parade Tragedy: Why Hasn't Merkel Visited the Site of the Duisburg Disaster?

SPIEGEL ONLINE - July 27, 2010

Chancellor Angela Merkel has been conspicuous by her absence from the site of Saturday's Love Parade disaster. Her presence would have been a much-needed show of solidarity with the people of Duisburg as local officials refuse to accept responsiblity. In other countries, government leaders would not have stayed away. An Editorial by David Crossland more...

Love Parade Tragedy: No Resignations, Just Unanswered Questions

Love Parade Tragedy: No Resignations, Just Unanswered Questions

SPIEGEL ONLINE - July 27, 2010

Three days after the disaster at the Love Parade music festival, the toll of dead and injured has risen again. Recriminations and unanswered questions continue to plague all those involved. The mayor of Duisburg has been attacked and federal politicians have called for an independent enquiry. more...


Love Parade Organizer Schaller: The Catastrophe and the McFit Man

Love Parade Organizer Schaller: The Catastrophe and the McFit Man

SPIEGEL ONLINE - July 26, 2010

Until recently, few people in Germany knew Rainer Schaller. But with his McFit line of fitness studios and brash marketing campaigns, including the annual Love Parade, he rose to become one of the country's most successful businessmen. His rise had been meteoric until Saturday's tragedy. By Christian Teevs more...

Safety Rules Breached: Maximum Capacity of Love Parade Site Was Just 250,000

Safety Rules Breached: Maximum Capacity of Love Parade Site Was Just 250,000

SPIEGEL ONLINE - July 26, 2010

Over 1 million people are thought to have attended Saturday's Love Parade in Duisburg, which ended in tragedy when 19 people died in a stampede. SPIEGEL ONLINE has obtained an internal document which shows that the site was only approved for a maximum of 250,000 revelers. By Jörg Diehl more...


The World from Berlin: Love Parade Stampede 'Was a Tragedy Waiting to Happen'

The World from Berlin: Love Parade Stampede 'Was a Tragedy Waiting to Happen'

SPIEGEL ONLINE - July 26, 2010

The official investigation into the death of 19 people at the Love Parade on Saturday has only just begun. But on Monday media commentators were already blaming the organizers and Duisburg city officials for the disaster, saying it could have been avoided. more...

Love Parade Tragedy: In the Tunnel of Death

Love Parade Tragedy: In the Tunnel of Death

SPIEGEL ONLINE - July 25, 2010

Lena, a 21-year-old student from Essen, had never been to the Love Parade before. Prior to Saturday's disaster in Duisburg, she had also never seen a dead body. "I don't know if I will ever forget her empty gaze," she said, not long after having escaped the deadly crowds herself. By Julia Jüttner more...


Death Toll Rises to 19: Focus Shifts to Organizers after Love Parade Stampede

Death Toll Rises to 19: Focus Shifts to Organizers after Love Parade Stampede

SPIEGEL ONLINE - July 25, 2010

German officials confirmed on Sunday that 19 people died and 342 were injured during the mass panic that turned Saturday's Love Parade in Duisburg into a tragedy. Prosecutors have launched an investigation, with initial questions focusing on the organizers' crowd control strategy. more...

Tragedy at German Techno Festival: Nineteen Dead after Panic Breaks Out at Love Parade

Tragedy at German Techno Festival: Nineteen Dead after Panic Breaks Out at Love Parade

SPIEGEL ONLINE - July 24, 2010

The 2010 Love Parade in the German city of Duisburg has ended in tragedy after 19 people died and hundreds were injured in a stampede. Panic broke out in a tunnel after the festival site was closed due to overcrowding. more...