June 21, 1998 |
Construction cranes, dotting the horizon of Berlin as Germany builds its once and future capital, reflect the confidence that is rising throughout Europe these days. As the Continent moves toward the January introduction of a single currency--the euro--experts are counting the superlatives. Having all the stock markets trade in a single currency "will create the world's second-largest equity market after the U.S.," says a research paper from the Deutsche Bank.
March 1, 1997 |
Three and a half years ago, this agreeably situated village of 243, tucked beneath pine forests southeast of Berlin, was held up to the world as a symbol of Germany at its xenophobic worst. In August 1993, Dolgenbrodt's residents were reported to have paid neo-Nazis to firebomb a local youth hostel, just in time to keep the state government of Brandenburg from settling a group of African asylum-seekers there.
July 12, 2000 |
For the 16 million Germans caught on the wrong side of the Cold War divide, man's home was never intended to be his castle. Home, during the Communist era, was the human toolbox. It was the space where workers were stored overnight, the containers that held them until their brains or brawn were needed in the morning. The architects of the classless society perfected the art of cutting construction corners.
April 9, 1991 |
Over the decades, the pine forest has edged in along the fringes of Test Pad 7, and grass now covers much of its cracked, weathered concrete apron. But the substructure--the exhaust ducts, the observation gangways and the gantry tracks--remain clearly identifiable as the place where a team headed by a 30-year-old German scientist named Wernher von Braun presided over the birth of the Space Age nearly half a century ago. Here, on Oct.