Nostalgia for the East — or ‘ostalgie,’ a portmanteau combining the words ost (‘east’) and nostalgie (‘nostalgia’) — has taken hold in contemporary, unified Germany.
Twenty years ago, the Berlin Wall came down, signaling the demise of the Cold War. As world leaders gathered to mark the historic event at Brandenburg Gate on Monday, a historian, pollster and German correspondent discussed what the events meant. Continue reading
On Aug. 12, 1961, Robert MacNeil, then a junior correspondent for NBC News, was dispatched to Berlin to cover the unfolding events that would lead to the construction of a wall separating East and West Germany. Continue reading
In a surprising turn, the Norwegian Nobel Committee announced Friday that President Barack Obama won the Nobel Peace Prize for his efforts to change the worldwide diplomatic atmosphere, his elicitation of hope and his push for nuclear disarmament. Continue reading
Another email from an old friend: “Is this event the Berlin Wall of Free Market Economics? Or even, as the press backs away from the hotness of the story, the Berlin Wall of Free Market Economics crashing not with a … Continue reading
As the Taliban clings to its last strongholds in Kunduz and Kandahar, anti-Taliban leaders agreed to a U.N.-sponsored meeting in Germany next week to plan a post-war Afghan government. Continue reading