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Take A Tour Through The Mother Of All Airports

In a city of controversial historic buildings, Berlin’s massive Tempelhof Airport is one of the most embattled. This ageing, elegant behemoth served as a hub for the Nazis and, later, for the Berlin Air Lift. Now, it’s the focus of major development plans — and PBS just got a look inside.


Berlin Can't Finish Its Reunification Memorial On Time Because Of Bats

It took Berliners years to agree upon a design for a memorial to the reunification of East and West — but now that the project is underway, an unexpected hurdle is slowing it down: Bats. Lots of them.


Germany Is Relocating Entire Towns To Dig Up More Sweet, Sweet Coal

Most of us think of Germany as one of the most energy-progressive countries in the world. But in recent years, it’s also increased its dependence on a form of energy that’s anything but clean: coal. And it’s demolishing or relocating entire towns to get at it.


This Abandoned Nazi Bunker Just Reopened As A Clean Energy Plant

The last time Hamburg’s hulking air raid bunker saw use, it was 1945 — and locals were taking cover from Allied bombs inside its 1.8m thick concrete walls. That was almost 70 years ago. This year, the bunker is serving a new purpose: Supplying the city with renewable energy.


Behold One Of The Biggest Controlled Skyscraper Implosions Ever

It took more than 900kg of explosives to bring down this 32-storey tower in Frankfurt, Germany, yesterday — roughly the same amount as a Mark 84 bomb. Thankfully, since we live in the age of YouTube, there are plenty of astounding videos of the demo.


5 Of The Worst Traffic Jams In History

When not being used for poorly thought-out political revenge, traffic jams are making the lives of commuters suck on a daily basis. But sometimes, bad traffic can get spectacularly bad — even worse than fake traffic study bad. In honour of those times, we’ve collected some of the worst traffic jams in history.


German Telecom Wants Germany-Only Internet Because Of The NSA Debacle

As relations between the US and Europe become increasingly strained because, uh, the NSA spied on 35 world leaders, the state-backed Deutsche Telekom has declared that it wants to create a national internet to protect Germany from future privacy infringements.


German Chancellor To Obama: Have You Hacked My Phone?

Angela Merkel, the Chancellor of Germany, spoke to Barack Obama on Wednesday evening to demand explanations over reports suggesting that the NSA has been monitoring her mobile phone. According to a report by The Guardian, sources claim that Merkel, the head of the German government, was “livid” over the reports.


The Intricate Makeshift Money Germans Relied On Between World Wars

State-issued currency is the scaffolding upon which capitalism was built, but it’s always been prone to mayhem. For instance in 1920s Germany, extreme inflation forced German businesses to actually print millions of their own customised paper bills. Now largely forgotten, this notgeld, or “emergency money”, was once ubiquitous — amounting to an ornately-decorated I.O.U. in Weimar Germany.


Watch This German UAV Crash Into A Plane On An Afghan Runway

This is why we can’t have nice things. Recently declassified video footage from Northern Afghanistan shows that piloting a drone isn’t nearly as easy as it seems, even when it’s still on the ground.