He Came to Berlin to Change the World. Then the World Changed Berlin.

The Volksbühne theater’s longtime musical director Sir Henry arrived amid a post-Cold War artistic flowering in the city. The musician bemoans what followed.

#berlin-germany, #classical-music, #content-type-personal-profile, #nijenhuis-john-henry-sir-henry, #theater, #volksbuhne

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‘Day X’ Audio Series Looks at Germany’s Resurgent Far Right

“Day X,” a new five-part audio documentary from The Times, examines the rise of a new brand of extremism, and one shadowy figure in the middle of it.

#alternative-for-germany, #bennhold-katrin, #berlin-germany, #defense-and-military-forces, #europe, #fringe-groups-and-movements, #germany, #neo-nazi-groups, #new-york-times, #politics-and-government, #right-wing-extremism-and-alt-right

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Where to Find Exceptional Flowers in Six Different Cities

A guide to the most exciting florists working today in Chicago, Miami, Mexico City, Berlin, Seoul and Sydney.

#berlin-germany, #chicago-ill, #flowers-and-plants, #mexico-city-mexico, #miami-fla, #mothers-day, #seoul-south-korea, #sydney-australia

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A Bitter Family Feud Dominates the Race to Replace Merkel

Chancellor Angela Merkel of Germany will exit the world stage in less than six months, and the fight for her seat is pitting the leaders of two sister parties against one another.

#bavaria-germany, #berlin-germany, #christian-democratic-union-germany, #christian-social-union-germany, #elections, #germany, #laschet-armin, #merkel-angela, #politics-and-government, #soder-markus

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‘Babylon Berlin,’ Babylon America?

How watching a TV show about Weimar Germany can help us interpret our own era.

#berlin-germany, #hitler-adolf, #holocaust-and-the-nazi-era, #liberalism-us-politics, #nationalism-theory-and-philosophy, #politics-and-government, #republican-party, #right-wing-extremism-and-alt-right, #television, #trump-donald-j, #weimar-germany

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Theater Review: ‘Polis/Reset’ at the Volksbühne in Berlin

The drama behind the scenes at the Volksbühne in Berlin has surpassed any onstage. A series of premieres involving vengeful gods, inescapable fates and tragic flaws seems apt.

#berlin-germany, #dorr-klaus, #polis-reset-play, #theater, #volksbuhne

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For a Night at the Theater, Bring a Negative Coronavirus Test

A pilot program in Berlin is reopening some of the city’s landmark cultural venues, despite surging numbers of infections and toughened restrictions in other areas of life.

#bars-and-nightclubs, #berlin-germany, #berliner-ensemble, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #music, #theater

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The Joys of Biking at Night

Riding through the empty city, I felt present in my body again, oriented amid the disorientation of pandemic life.

#berlin-germany, #bicycles-and-bicycling, #quarantine-life-and-culture

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His Ancestors Were German Kings. He Wants Their Treasures Back.

A public dispute over thousands of artworks and artifacts could hinge on whether a crown prince supported the Nazis during their rise to power.

#art, #berlin-germany, #brandenburg-germany, #germany, #hitler-adolf, #holocaust-and-the-nazi-era, #prinz-von-preussen-georg-friedrich, #reparations, #royal-families, #suits-and-litigation-civil, #wilhelm-ii-emperor-of-germany

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Amazon Quietly Tweaks Logo Some Say Resembled Hitler’s Mustache

The app icon, which shows a blue patch above Amazon’s signature smile-shaped arrow, was given smoother edges and a folded corner after claims that it bore a resemblance to the German dictator.

#amazon-com-inc, #berlin-germany, #social-media

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Walking (and Skating) on Thin Ice, Some in Europe Paid the Price

Temperatures that had not been seen in years brought out the playful side of people across the continent. A few who took to icy canals and ponds needed rescuing.

#accidents-and-safety, #amsterdam-netherlands, #berlin-germany, #europe, #ice, #ice-skating, #snow-and-snowstorms

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The Love Letters That Spoke of Everything but Love

Forbidden to express his ardor, a besotted writer found ways to say what he felt.

#berlin-germany, #books-and-literature, #love-emotion, #russia, #shklovsky-viktor-borisovich, #triolet-elsa, #zoo-or-letters-not-about-love-book

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Bringing Some Cool to German Comedy

In a country not known for edgy standup comedy, the stand-up Felix Lobrecht has found success by ignoring the rules.

#berlin-germany, #comedy-and-humor, #content-type-personal-profile, #german-language, #germany, #lobrecht-felix-1988

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Far-Right Protesters Stormed Germany’s Parliament. What Can America Learn?

It might be time to crack down, rather than reach out.

#alternative-for-germany, #berlin-germany, #conspiracy-theories, #demonstrations-protests-and-riots, #elections, #fringe-groups-and-movements, #germany, #neo-nazi-groups, #politics-and-government, #presidential-election-of-2020, #qanon, #right-wing-extremism-and-alt-right, #united-states-politics-and-government

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German Automakers Are Charged Up and Ready to Take on Tesla

As Tesla completes a factory in Berlin, Mercedes-Benz and Audi are introducing electric cars in bids to defend their dominance of the luxury market.

#audi-division-of-volkswagen-ag, #batteries, #bayerische-motorenwerke-ag, #berlin-germany, #daimler-ag, #driverless-and-semiautonomous-vehicles, #electric-and-hybrid-vehicles, #endangered-and-extinct-species, #europe, #factories-and-manufacturing, #mercedes-benz, #musk-elon, #renault-sa, #springer-axel-verlag-ag, #tesla-motors-inc, #tuscaloosa-ala, #volkswagen-ag

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New Year’s Eve 2020: How to Celebrate

The year that seemed to drag on forever is finally coming to an end.

#aoki-steve-1977, #auckland-new-zealand, #berlin-germany, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #jarre-jean-michel, #london-england, #new-year, #parties-social, #quarantine-life-and-culture, #rio-de-janeiro-brazil, #sydney-australia, #times-square-and-42nd-street-manhattan-ny

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Humboldt Forum in Berlin Finally Opens (Kind of)

A modest ceremony inaugurated the troubled museum, one of the most expensive and ambitious culture projects in Europe. The only thing is, you can’t go in.

#art, #arts-and-antiquities-looting, #berlin-germany, #building-construction, #colonization, #humboldt-forum, #museums

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Black Ballerina, Playing a Swan, Says She Was Told to Color Her Skin

The dancer with the Staatsballett Berlin says being directed to use white makeup to perform in “Swan Lake” was one of the racially insensitive incidents she has faced.

#berlin-germany, #black-people, #discrimination, #lopes-gomes-chloe, #ohman-johannes, #paris-opera-ballet, #race-and-ethnicity, #staatsballett-berlin, #women-and-girls

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Driver Crashes Car Into Gate Outside Angela Merkel’s Office

The motive was unclear, but it could be tied to an expected German government extension of a partial lockdown to stem coronavirus infections.

#berlin-germany, #merkel-angela

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German Police Arrest 3 Suspects in Heist of Royal Jewels

Officers searched homes, garages and vehicles in Berlin, detaining two 23-year-olds and a 26-year-old in connection with the theft of gold, diamonds and other precious stones in Dresden last year.

#art, #berlin-germany, #diamonds, #dresden-germany, #germany, #jewels-and-jewelry, #museums, #robberies-and-thefts

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In Berlin, Mysterious Dwellings Hidden Amid the Trees

Rising through the foliage in the city’s Tiergarten, the Ökohaus townhouse complex is a model for living more freely in an ever-urbanizing world.

#architecture, #berlin-germany, #interior-design-and-furnishings, #otto-frei-1925-2015, #real-estate-and-housing-residential, #trees-and-shrubs

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New Airport, Beleaguered Symbol of ‘Irreverent’ Berlin, Is Opening at Long Last

Nine years late and $4 billion over budget, the airport is already outdated. Repeated blunders dented the image of German efficiency, but the “poor but sexy” capital has long been a bit different.

#airports, #berlin-germany, #berlin-brandenburg-international-airport, #cold-war-era, #engineering-and-engineers, #germany, #kornblum-john-c, #politics-and-government

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A Taste of Berlin in Your Home

Kotti Berliner Döner Kebab, with several locations in Brooklyn, now sells its sandwiches as kits, to feed three to six.

#berlin-germany, #cooking-and-cookbooks, #kotti-berliner-doner-kebab-brooklyn-ny-restaurant, #restaurants

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Germany’s Far Right Reunified, Too, Making It Much Stronger

Thirty years after Germany came back together, the former East has become the stronghold of a once-marginalized movement that now sits in Parliament.

#alternative-for-germany, #berlin-germany, #buchenwald-concentration-camp, #east-germany, #germany, #hitler-adolf, #hocke-bjorn-1972, #merkel-angela, #neo-nazi-groups, #right-wing-extremism-and-alt-right, #ussr-former-soviet-union, #world-cup-2006-soccer

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Tesla Third-Quarter Auto Sales Surge

Tesla reported record deliveries in the third quarter as growing interest in electric vehicles and other cars boosted sales across the industry.

#austin-tex, #automobiles, #berlin-germany, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #electric-and-hybrid-vehicles, #factories-and-manufacturing, #fremont-calif, #general-motors, #musk-elon, #shanghai-china, #tesla-motors-inc

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‘I Feel Sorry for Americans’: A Baffled World Watches the U.S.

From Myanmar to Canada, people are asking: How did a superpower allow itself to be felled by a virus? And why won’t the president commit to a peaceful transition of power?

#bangkok-thailand, #belarus, #berlin-germany, #canada, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #mexico, #presidential-election-of-2020, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-international-relations

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Russia Freezes Navalny’s Assets as He Recovers From Poisoning

Aleksei A. Navalny was still in a medically induced coma in Berlin when a court in Russia froze his bank accounts and barred him from selling or mortgaging his apartment in Moscow.

#assassinations-and-attempted-assassinations, #assets-frozen, #berlin-germany, #coma, #navalny-aleksei-a, #poisoning-and-poisons, #prigozhin-yevgeny-v, #russia

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Full-Scale Wagner Returns to Europe With a Refugee-Theme ‘Walküre’

Delayed by the coronavirus pandemic, Stefan Herheim’s “Ring” cycle, rumored for a future Met Opera season, gets underway in Berlin.

#berlin-germany, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #coronavirus-reopenings, #der-ring-des-nibelungen-opera, #deutsche-oper-berlin, #die-walkure-opera, #herheim-stefan, #opera, #quarantine-life-and-culture

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Aleksei Navalny Released From Hospital After Novichok Poisoning

Doctors treating Alexei Navalny said he had been discharged after 32 days of treatment and is expected to make a full recovery.

#assassinations-and-attempted-assassinations, #berlin-germany, #charite-universitatsmedizin-berlin-germany, #germany, #international-relations, #navalny-aleksei-a, #poisoning-and-poisons, #russia

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Aleksei Navalny, Russian Dissident, Says He Can Walk and Speak Now

The opposition leader jokes that he has recovered enough from being poisoned to scroll Instagram and know where to put the likes.

#assassinations-and-attempted-assassinations, #berlin-germany, #navalny-aleksei-a, #poisoning-and-poisons, #politics-and-government, #russia, #social-media

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Can Biden Fix What Trump Broke?

E.U. leaders are still learning to navigate a world ever more dangerous for them, while relations with the United States grow more and more awkward.

#balkan-states, #baltic-sea, #belarus, #berlin-germany, #biden-joseph-r-jr, #canada, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #embargoes-and-sanctions, #european-union, #group-of-seven, #johnson-boris, #lukashenko-aleksandr-g, #macron-emmanuel-1977, #merkel-angela, #navalny-aleksei-a, #north-atlantic-treaty-organization, #presidential-election-of-2020, #putin-vladimir-v, #russia, #trudeau-justin, #trump-donald-j, #united-nations, #united-states, #united-states-international-relations, #united-states-politics-and-government

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In Berlin, the Art World Spreads Out to Stay Safe

The first major international art event since the lockdown started took place at smaller venues around the city, rather than under a single roof.

#art, #berlin-germany, #berlin-art-week, #berlin-bienniale, #collectors-and-collections, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #coronavirus-reopenings, #gallery-weekend-berlin, #petzel-gallery, #positions-berlin, #spruth-magers-berlin-germany-gallery

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While Berghain Is Closed, There’s Art on the Dance Floor

The famous Berlin techno club has been repurposed as an exhibition space during the pandemic. It’s a mixing of club culture and visual art reminiscent of the golden days of the 1990s.

#alexi-meskhishvili-ketuta, #art, #bars-and-nightclubs, #berghain, #berlin-germany, #dean-tacita, #eliasson-olafur, #kim-christine-sun, #ogboh-emeka-1977, #tiravanija-rirkrit

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Navalny Poisoning Raises Pressure on Merkel to Cancel Russian Pipeline

Evidence that the Russian opposition leader was attacked with a military-grade nerve agent has placed new pressures on the German chancellor.

#berlin-germany, #europe, #european-union, #germany, #merkel-angela, #natural-gas, #navalny-aleksei-a, #pipelines, #poisoning-and-poisons, #politics-and-government, #putin-vladimir-v, #russia

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Meet Germany’s Bizarre Anti-Lockdown Protesters

A strange mix of conspiracy theorists, far-right extremists and ordinary citizens have taken to the streets. Why?

#berlin-germany, #conspiracy-theories, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #demonstrations-protests-and-riots, #germany, #qanon

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Berlin Police Halt Rally Against Coronavirus Restrictions

Thousands had gathered in the German capital. But the protest was shut down before reaching its destination for failing to obey social distancing rules.

#alternative-for-germany, #berlin-germany, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #demonstrations-protests-and-riots, #germany, #layoffs-and-job-reductions, #merkel-angela, #neo-nazi-groups, #politics-and-government

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On Trump, Merkel’s Face Does the Talking

The German leader looked bemused when asked about a claim at the Republican convention that President Trump had “charmed” her.

#berlin-germany, #germany, #grenell-richard, #merkel-angela, #politics-and-government, #presidential-election-of-2020, #republican-national-convention, #social-media, #trump-donald-j, #united-states, #united-states-international-relations

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Germany Faces a ‘Roller Coaster’ as Schools Reopen Amid Coronavirus

With nations determined to return to in-person learning, many will have trouble matching Germany’s formula: fast and free testing, robust contact tracing and low community spread.

#berlin-germany, #contact-tracing-public-health, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #coronavirus-reopenings, #coronavirus-risks-and-safety-concerns, #education-k-12, #masks, #quarantines, #shutdowns-institutional, #tests-medical

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New Director Sees Berlin’s Jewish Museum as a Place for Debate

Hetty Berg wants the institution to become a cultural hub for the German capital, enabling difficult discussions without succumbing to their rancor.

#anti-semitism, #art, #berlin-germany, #boycott-divestment-and-sanctions-bds, #germany, #holocaust-and-the-nazi-era, #jewish-museum-berlin, #jews-and-judaism, #museums

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5 Art Accounts to Follow on Instagram Now

Design during the pandemic; a bookshop in Berlin; a museum in São Paulo; a cartoonist addressing racism; and photographs documenting Native Americans.

#art, #berlin-germany, #brazil, #hopscotch-reading-room-berlin-germany-retailer, #instagram-inc, #montague-liz-1995, #rawsthorn-alice, #sao-paulo-museum-of-art, #social-media, #wilber-matika

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To Deal With China, Trump Should Learn German

Germany is a manufacturing superpower that would be a decisive ally, along with the rest of the European Union, in a trade war against China.

#agriculture-and-farming, #berlin-germany, #china, #communist-party-of-china, #european-union, #international-trade-and-world-market, #merkel-angela, #presidential-election-of-2020, #state-department, #trump-donald-j, #united-states, #united-states-international-relations, #xi-jinping

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Russia Rejects Calls for Navalny Poisoning Investigation

The Kremlin’s spokesman said there was no need to investigate because it had not yet been proven that the opposition leader was poisoned.

#assassinations-and-attempted-assassinations, #berlin-germany, #coma, #human-rights-and-human-rights-violations, #merkel-angela, #navalny-aleksei-a, #peskov-dmitri-s, #putin-vladimir-v, #russia

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In Berlin, a Loft That Is Part Gallery and Part Roller Rink

Sascha Dornhöfer and Alexandra Rothert live with and by their art.

#art, #berlin-germany, #design, #interior-design-and-furnishings

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Russian Ballet Returned to the Stage. Then a Covid Outbreak Hit.

The Mariinsky Ballet has been ordered to stay home to avoid further spread of the coronavirus. What does this mean for other companies?

#berlin-germany, #bolshoi-ballet, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #dancing, #mariinsky-ballet, #moscow-russia, #st-petersburg-russia, #vaziev-makhar, #xander-parish

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Berlin Autobahn Crashes Are Deemed a Possible Terrorist Attack

A man injured six by allegedly ramming motorcycles on a city highway. The public prosecutor is investigating whether it was an act of Islamist terrorism.

#berlin-germany, #germany, #terrorism

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Berlin’s Art Scene: Are Reports of Its Death Exaggerated?

The news that three top collectors were leaving the city set off a string of negative headlines and prompted soul-searching from artists and administrators.

#art, #berghain, #berlin-germany, #flick-friedrich-christian, #lederer-klaus, #olbricht-thomas, #spruth-magers, #stoschek-julia

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At Europe’s Illegal Parties, Coronavirus Is the Last Thing on Anyone’s Mind

Across the continent, crowds are flocking to events organized on social media and messaging apps, despite risks and a backlash.

#bars-and-nightclubs, #berlin-germany, #club-commission-berlin-germany, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #coronavirus-reopenings, #disc-jockeys, #london-england, #raves-parties

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American Catastrophe Through German Eyes

Trump says he wants to protect law-abiding citizens. In 1933, Hitler issued his ‘Decree of the Reich President for the Protection of People and State.’

#berlin-germany, #customs-and-border-protection-us, #europe, #germany, #hitler-adolf, #merkel-angela, #politics-and-government, #portland-ore, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-international-relations

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Giving Your Number to Strangers? It’s Not Flirting; It’s a Rule

As Berlin emerges from its lockdown, residents are getting used to social distancing in bars and swimming pools — and to handing out their phone number several times a day to help in contact tracing.

#berlin-germany, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #coronavirus-reopenings, #germany, #parenting, #privacy, #protective-clothing-and-gear

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Throngs Marching in Australia and Europe Against Police Brutality

Tens of thousands turned out in solidarity with U.S. protests against the death of George Floyd, while denouncing the deaths of Aboriginal Australians in police custody.

#australia, #berlin-germany, #black-lives-matter-movement, #demonstrations-protests-and-riots, #floyd-george-d-2020, #france, #george-floyd-protests-2020, #great-britain

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