In the days after the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001, you heard the comment constantly: "It was like a movie."
Fifty years after the rise of the Berlin Wall, and now 22 years after its post-Wall rebirth, Berlin is a scene-stealing combo of glamour and grit, teeming with top museums and galleries, grand opera and guerrilla clubs, gourmet temples and ethnic snack shacks. Whether your tastes run to posh or punk, you can sate them in Berlin.
A cruel dictatorship is in the process of collapsing in Libya, repressing its own people as it dies. And yet the Obama administration has barely said a thing about it. The president's statement Wednesday condemning the repression and laying out a process to consider additional steps on Libya was remarkably cautious.
Once a city split in two, Berlin is now a thriving culture capital. Ever since the wall came down, it has flourished as a creative hot-spot, drawing artists and art lovers in droves.
Berlin, Germany, mixes the old and the new, the west and the east with creativity and culture. Once the center of attention for a worldwide controversy (remember the Berlin Wall?), it's now an increasingly popular European destination.
When President George H.W. Bush signed the Americans with Disabilities Act on July 26, 1990, he addressed concerns the sweeping civil rights law would be ''too vague or costly, or may lead endlessly to litigation.''
The United States has 5,113 nuclear warheads in its stockpile and many thousands more that have been retired and are awaiting dismantling, according to a senior defense official.
It's been 20 years since the Berlin Wall came down in Germany, and unification seems like old news. From a traveler's point of view, the business at hand seems to be to keep the economy going and visitors entertained. Things are changing in Switzerland as well. Germany's southern neighbor continues to impress me with the creative, constructive, and democratic ways it grapples with various challenges. Here are a few changes you'll encounter in both countries in 2010.
World-renowned photographer Peter Turnley traveled to Haiti after the earthquake to document the lives of people burying their dead and trying to rebuild.
Walls in Rio de Janeiro's shantytowns protect rainforests. Locals call it segregation. CNN's Shasta Darlington reports.
CNN's Fionnuala Sweeney gets a glimpse into the shadowy underworld of the former Czech secret police.
Fireworks and rock 'n' roll echoed across central Prague on Tuesday as thousands of marchers commemorated the 20th anniversary of the "Velvet Revolution" that toppled Communist rule.
Diplomacy hasn't worked. Sanctions have achieved little. Relations between Iran and the United States are, at best, chilly. So why not try music?
An Iranian father and son use music to bridge the cultural divide. CNN's Richard Roth reports.
This week in iReport we're celebrating a couple anniversaries. It's been 20 years since the world watched the Berlin Wall fall. And, that children's television favorite "Sesame Street" turned the big 4-0. Meanwhile, Hurricane Ida stormed ashore, slamming the Gulf Coast. We've got all this and more in this week's video wrap-up.
The iReport team visits the Berlin wall, view images from Hurricane Ida, and pay tribute to 40 years of Sesame Street.
How do you tear down a wall? Do you use diplomacy or force? Offers of neighborly assistance, or the threat of nuclear annihilation?
Edwin Jagau shares photos from the fall of the Berlin wall.
To celebrate the 20th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall, dominoes will fall. CNN's Fredrick Pleitgen reports.
Thousands of people joined world leaders in the German capital Monday to remember the night 20 years ago when a euphoric wave of people power swept away the Berlin Wall and consigned the Cold War to history.
Richard Blystone, a CNN senior correspondent at the time, remembers above all the two sides of the crumbling Berlin wall. How different they were.
Soviet Union President Mikhail Gorbachev on Pres. Obama, plus the 20th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall.
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The singer's knickers at the MTV Europe Music Awards reflect her boyfriend's favorite soccer team
One was the archetypal military strongman, intent on maintaining the social order and saving his country from "catastrophe." The other was a charismatic shipyard electrician and trade union leader who was just as determined to lead his countrymen to freedom.
Six days before the 20th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall, German Chancellor Angela Merkel addressed a joint meeting of Congress on Tuesday and challenged U.S. lawmakers to tear down other walls.
German DJ, Paul van Dyk talks about the day the Berlin Wall fell.
Artist's memorial to the dead raises ire in Germany. CNN's Fred Pleitgen reports.
A specter is haunting Eastern Europe: the ghost of Communism past.
While the world remembers the fall of the Berlin Wall 20 years ago, one frontier of the Cold War remains intact; the demilitarized zone that separates North and South Korea.
A camera crew from South Korea ventured into the Demilitarized Zone and discovered an accidental paradise for wildlife.
The America's Got Talent judge wants to take a song-and-dance routine on the road
The much-maligned symbol of motoring in Communist East Germany, the Trabant, is set to make an unlikely comeback as a concept car at this year's International Motor Show in Frankfurt.
An emotional Nancy Reagan helped unveil a statue of her late husband, President Reagan, on Wednesday, calling the 7-foot figure "a wonderful likeness."
Richard Blystone was CNN's senior correspondent in Europe throughout 1989, witnessing and reporting on the momentous events of that year from the first protests in the communist Eastern Bloc to the fall of the Berlin Wall and revolution in Romania.
Laurie, Simpson and David Hasselhoff all have unexpected success outside the U.S.
The April 2 meeting in London of the major world economies known as the G-20 could be the most important global economic gathering since 1944, when the Bretton Woods conference reshaped the old order near the end of World War II.
An apartment left untouched since before the fall of the Berlin Wall has been discovered by a developer in the eastern German city of Leipzig, German media reports said Thursday.
On Sunday morning, I boarded a bus in Brooklyn with a group of approximately 40 citizens from New York, all African-American, each of whom would not have missed for almost anything the inauguration of President Barack Obama.
Photographer Peter Turnley covered Obama's inauguration for CNN. He says it was like nothing he's ever witnessed.
Berlin is a city that exists in the tension between its once glorious, and often dark, past and its relentless drive to reinvent itself. This becomes evident if you take the time to explore the city on foot.
Berlin is a city that thrives on contrasts: east and west, old and new, efficient and eccentric.
The night the Berlin Wall fell, I was standing by a highway heading out of East Germany, asking people why they were going west. A man's one-word answer still sticks in my mind: "Camaro."
By being the most populous country in the European Union, a title now held by Germany. By 2060, demographic trends will change the face of the region
Sen. Barack Obama, speaking in Berlin, says the world must unite as one.
Standing before a massive crowd in a city that once symbolized division, Sen. Barack Obama warned Thursday about the dangers of allowing new walls to come between the United States and its allies.
Paul van Dyk was 18 at the time of the fall of the Berlin Wall.
It's been a long, long time since the last "last" time: When Dr. Henry "Indiana" Jones Jr. rode off into the sunset in May 1989, courtesy of "Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade," the Berlin Wall was still standing, George H.W. Bush was only four months into his presidency, and Harrison Ford was just a young whippersnapper of 46.
CNN's Brooke Anderson reports on the reaction to the premiere of the new 'Indiana Jones' movie in Cannes.
History buffs seeking the last vestiges of the iconic wall no longer have to consult old maps or guidebooks. A new multimedia guide offers individualized walking tours connecting the key points where the 103-mile barrier once separated west from east
Discontent with the path of moderation resonates among exiles, and may shape the Tibetans' clash with China
Every great leader has a crucible - a critical moment that will either make or break a career. For Muhtar Kent, who has emerged as the next CEO of Coca-Cola, that key test came nearly two decades ago when the Berlin Wall fell and major markets suddenly opened for Western-based businesses.
Alan Greenspan's memoir arrives with remarkable timing for two reasons. One is that at a time like this, with financial markets in upheaval, we yearn for guidance from the oracle who presided over 18 years of relative peace and prosperity in the U.S. economy.
Behind President Reagan's famous challenge to Gorbachev, delivered 20 years ago today, that helped end the Cold War
By rights he should be well into middle age, but James Bond turns 21 (movies, that is) here with a new look and a fresh start.
Berlin is divided again - this time by a wheel, not a wall.
The Soviet Union, Marxist Leninism, the Evil Empire and their ugly metaphor, the Berlin Wall, crumbled and collapsed almost 17 years ago.
Italy's parliament has elected a new president, which will bring Romano Prodi one step closer to forming a new government and taking the helm as prime minister.
Meaningless elections, where the outcome is decided in advance, fell out of favor after the collapse of the Berlin Wall -- except in corporate America.
The French and Germans consider the fall of the Berlin Wall to have done more to change the world in the last 25 years than the September 11 attacks on the U.S., according to a poll conducted for CNN to mark the 25th anniversary of the launch of the news channel.
CNN, the pioneer of 24-hour news, marks its 25th anniversary on June 1 with a special program offering a front row seat to history.
Former Soviet Union leader Mikhail Gorbachev said Sunday that Pope John Paul II's "devotion to his followers is a remarkable example to all of us."
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A new exhibit honoring the American sacrifice during wars that span the nation's history opened in Washington D.C. on Veterans Day.
It is the enduring symbol of the fall of communism.
Germany marked a subdued 15th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall, weighed down by bitterness over unification costs.
U.S. President George W. Bush's troop redeployment may have its biggest effect on Germany, once a potential Cold War battlefield.
To my fellow delegates and my fellow Democrats, I've waited a very, very long time to say this: Welcome to my hometown. Welcome to my hometown.
A wildfire fueled by gusts of wind over drought-parched land burned just four miles from the ranch that served as former President Ronald Reagan's western White House, but firefighters expect it to be contained within two days and not threaten the ranch unless there is an unexpected shift in the weather, a Santa Barbara County fire official said.
Fueled by gusts of wind over drought-parched land Sunday, a wildfire approached the ranch that served as President Ronald Reagan's western White House in the 1980s, said fire officials in Santa Barbara County, California.
One man, alone and unarmed, boldly shuffles to confront a column of tanks, climbs atop one, then berates its occupants. For many, this image defined the tumultuous 1989 clash between Chinese armed forces and anti-government protesters.
Kim Jong Il has been portrayed as everything from a nuclear-armed egomaniac, to a cognac-swilling playboy with a bouffant hairdo, to a smart and skilled political player.
The border between Italy and Slovenia is barely visible here. Neighboring rooftops sit in two different towns in two different countries.
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From hippies to yuppies Americans always tighten their purse strings when uncertainty lurks. What gives us confidence in the economy and what rattles our nerves? Richard Curtin himself isn't always...
The phrase "enemies of capitalism" is one the post-war generations grew up with, but even during the bitterest of the Cold War years it never seemed to be much more than an ideological handle, a co...
A while back various versions of a fake European Commission document began circulating via e-mail. The memorandum argued that once a common European currency had been established, the obvious next ...
Ever since the Berlin Wall came down, people have been talking about the possibility of making big money in Eastern Europe. Now at least some investors are. A little-known mutual fund, Vontobel Eas...
The world has been riding a monetary tiger for the past 20 years. For the first time in history, money has been cut loose from its traditional anchors of gold and silver, and the exchange values of...
Wilkommen to language school. Sorry about the crowd, but this industry is booming. Berlitz, which leads the field in teaching foreign tongues to executives, reports business enrollments shot up 49%...
In a famous 1968 essay, ''The Tragedy of the Commons,'' philosopher, ecologist, and first-class gadfly Garrett Hardin explained to a then skeptical world why commonly owned economic resources must ...
Sony, which laid down $60 million for a seven-acre parcel of wasteland near where the Berlin Wall used to stand -- and not far from the site of Hitler's bunker -- is unhappy with the city of Berlin...
West Germans just loved those East German Trabants when the pollution-spilling cars first swarmed across the border after the Berlin Wall came down. Some onlookers even bestowed friendly pats on th...
As disarmament spread and the Berlin Wall fell, General Dynamics never got woozy from the ether of peace. ''We decided to stick to what we know and do best,'' then-CEO Stanley C. Pace told sharehol...
Ten months of fiscal austerity may not have made Poland paradise, but it has noticeably improved the lives of 38 million Poles. Though real wages have dropped 40%, shop shelves now sag with consume...
This could be the best time to buy into Germany Inc. The stock euphoria sparked by the breaching of the Berlin Wall is long gone. The true costs of reunification and the Iraqi invasion of Kuwait ha...
''Look out there,'' says Dieter Richter, pointing to a hill that overlooks the quiet town of Weimar, East Germany. ''That's a Soviet Army garrison that houses about 15,000 troops.'' Eyes rivet left...
One needn't be a polyglot to appreciate the investment volte-face that's taken place since the Berlin Wall fell last Nov. 9. Over the first 10 months of 1989, indexes compiled by Morgan Stanley sho...
The decision to permit the destruction of the Berlin Wall instantly swelled the ranks of capitalism: it turned every Berliner with a hammer and a satchel into an entrepreneur. Pieces of the wall we...
The amazing images of East and West Germans dancing together on the Berlin Wall and, later, of President Bush and Soviet leader Gorbachev holding a cheerful joint press conference on Malta raised h...