WHO’S THAT GIRL? ANGELA MERKEL and the German Psyche

From austerity enforcer to refugee haven, Germany is a European powerhouse sending out mixed messages. No one embodies this mystery more than German Chancellor Angela Merkel, the most powerful woman in the world. Sociologist HEINZ BUDE gives 032c a primer on understanding Merkel and the German psyche.
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How adidas’ SPEZIAL collection reveals Northern England’s obsession with the brand from Herzogenaurach

The genesis of Britain’s fascination with sportswear begins in the North of England. Arguments abound regarding the overused and oft-abused “casual” appellation to denote the terrace dwellers who made a brand like adidas — which once seemed so exotic to those attempting clean living in drab surroundings — synonymous with cities like Manchester and Liverpool.…
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ADRIAN VAN HOOYDONK: It Was My Dream Job

Speaking to ADRIAN VAN HOOYDONK on a warm summer evening outside a Munich restaurant, I realized just how differently our respective careers have taken shape. In the early 1990s, a common friend introduced us while we were both new to Munich — he had just graduated from the Art Center Europe in Vevey, Switzerland, and I from the Royal College of Art in London. Adrian was just starting to …
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The Black Marketeers of the Bahnhof Zoo

The idea that 1989 came out of thin air speaks volumes about historical insensitivities and limited horizons. Indeed, the fall of the Berlin Wall was preceded by years of erosion and attrition through backdoor networks and the resourcefulness of the undisclosed. Historian KARL SCHLÖGEL looks at the molecular movements on the margins of history, which are much more powerful than any deeds of …
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