Top Stories

Olga Maltseva for AFP/Getty Images

Life In Berlin: Escaping Violence And Arrests, Gay Russians Find Refuge In Germany

“My name is Kirill Kalugin. I’m 23 years old. I’m from St. Petersburg, Russia and I leave my country because I was afraid for my health, for my life, and for my freedom.” Kirill Kalugin is one of a growing number of gay Russians seeking political asylum in the West. In November, Kalugin arrived in Dortmund, Germany, after multiple arrests, death threats and physical attacks. He’s been assaulted and arrested for waving a rainbow flag, as well as for demonstrating against Russia’s war in...
Read More

3 Things To Do In Berlin This Weekend

9 hours ago
HAU Hebbel Am Ufer

A few art, film, and theater events to keep in mind for the coming weekend:

Friday, March 6 - Sunday, October 11

Two By Two 

NPR Specials: Invisiblia - Our Computers, Ourselves

11 hours ago
Daniel Horowitz for NPR

This week on NPR Specials: A twist on Invisibilia's usual exploration of the invisible forces that shape our lives, the show's pilot seasons will be ending in the realm of the visible by pondering if computers shape our behavior, and the way we see the world. 

Olga Maltseva for AFP/Getty Images

“My name is Kirill Kalugin. I’m 23 years old. I’m from St. Petersburg, Russia and I leave my country because I was afraid for my health, for my life, and for my freedom.”

Kirill Kalugin is one of a growing number of gay Russians seeking political asylum in the West. In November, Kalugin arrived in Dortmund, Germany, after multiple arrests, death threats and physical attacks. He’s been assaulted and arrested for waving a rainbow flag, as well as for demonstrating against Russia’s war in Ukraine.

Life In Berlin: Punk And The Ramones In Berlin

Feb 26, 2015
Amy Sussman/Getty Images

    

The Ramones Museum holds a special place in Berlin’s musical history.

“I was such a big fan before I got into the band”

We are speaking with CJ Ramone.

Life In Berlin: Cameron Silver

Feb 26, 2015
Joe Scarnici/Getty Images

    

    

As a city, Berlin’s culture is unique from music to art to language to literature.  The aesthetic of its fashion is one of the most vibrant. Cameron Silver, owner of Decades in LA, celebrated guest on many a red carpet, found a few moments to speak about what makes Berlin’s style radiate.

"A city like Berlin has a very distinctive and celebrated street style and I think less of an impact on its formal red carpet moments. Because this is not really a red carpet town. I guess the red carpet is a little bit more free and unexpected."

Governments "must stop pretending the protection of civilians is beyond their power," Amnesty International says in its human rights report for 2014. The group faults the U.S. on a range of issues, from the use of excessive force by police to rights abuses in the name of fighting terrorism.

"Governments pay lip service to the importance of protecting civilians," Amnesty says. "And yet the world's politicians have miserably failed to protect those in greatest need."

French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius said this morning on French radio that if separatist troops advanced on the Ukrainian city of Mariupol, that would constitute a new red line.

"I told my counterpart Sergei Lavrov that such a move would mean Russia wants to make a link with Crimea, and that would change everything," said Fabius.

Then he stated that Europe would have to look at slapping new sanctions on Russia.

Life In Berlin: Nastassja Kinski

Feb 24, 2015

 

    

German actress Nastassja Kinski was only 14 when she made her film debut in "Wrong Move". It was the start of a successful collaboration with Wim Wenders, who was awarded an honorary Golden Bear at the recent Berlinale. And although, Kinski has worked with other heavyweight directors, like Polanski and Coppola, she seems to have a special bond with Wim Wenders .

 

"When I was small what I liked about him, he was very quiet and he listened a lot. And if he spoke, you could tell it's the only thing he wants to say."

 

European finance ministers have approved Greece's proposed economic reforms and agreed to extend financial assistance to the country by four months.

In a statement, the Eurogroup said it would begin "national procedures" – including parliamentary votes in some member states – to give the deal a final approval.

In a claim that's meeting with skepticism in Kiev, Russian-backed separatists say they've started to withdraw heavy weapons in eastern Ukraine, as required by a recent cease-fire. Ukraine's military says separatist attacks are ongoing.

The development comes after Russia's President Vladimir Putin said he thinks a war with Ukraine would be "apocalyptic" — but that the area is now on a path to stability, after the recent Minsk agreement.

Pages

NPR Specials

Daniel Horowitz for NPR

NPR Specials: Invisiblia - Our Computers, Ourselves

This week on NPR Specials: A twist on Invisibilia's usual exploration of the invisible forces that shape our lives, the show's pilot seasons will be ending in the realm of the visible by pondering if computers shape our behavior, and the way we see the world. This episode of Invisibilia explores if computers can change the essence of who we fundamentally are. Are computers changing human character? Is our closeness with computers changing us as a species? Hosts Alix and Lulu look at the...
Read More

Podcasts & RSS Feeds

Get NPR Berlin content