Formed as a squat by artists seeking to save the building from demolition in the 1990s, the Tacheles Gallery in Berlin provides space for artists while remaining freely open to the public. The building, which is also a tourist attraction, is threatened by closure because the new owner wants to develop the site.
It took three rounds of voting Wednesday to elect Chancellor Angela Merkel’s candidate for president, Christian Wulff, in a sign of brewing differences within her coalition ranks. Continue reading
For U.S. audiences, cinematographer Christian Berger may be best described as “the eyes” of Michael Haneke, the Austrian auteur known for his intense (and frequently violent) films. Haneke and Berger’s latest film, “The White Ribbon,” matches their previous efforts in both formal artistry and moral turpitude.
Nostalgia for the East — or ‘ostalgie,’ a portmanteau combining the words ost (‘east’) and nostalgie (‘nostalgia’) — has taken hold in contemporary, unified Germany.
As German Chancellor Angela Merkel’s conservatives work out final details with coalition partner the Free Democrats, analysts foresee few major foreign policy shifts in the new government and therefore little upheaval in relations with the U.S. Continue reading