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Ukraine PM says Russia erecting new 'Berlin Wall'

Ukraine's Western-backed prime minister on Wednesday accused Russia of erecting a new "Berlin Wall" that threatened European security. "Today's events... are starting to endanger Europe and the European Union. It is now clear that our Russian neighbours have decided to build a new Berlin Wall and return to the Cold War era," Arseniy Yatsenyuk told a government meeting. dg-zak/cc

'Superhobo' flies to the rescue for Berlin's down-and-outs

By Stephen Brown BERLIN (Reuters) - He has rippling muscles, a cloak and the standard-issue briefs, but "Superhobo" is not your average comic-book hero: his torn bodysuit, shaggy beard and the bottle of beer in his fist all tell of a hard life on the streets. "His muscles are firm but he has no fixed abode" proclaims the slogan of "Superhobo" comic ("Superpenner" in the original German), which hit the streets of Berlin on Monday in an attempt to boost sales of a newspaper sold by down-and-outs.

'Poor but sexy' Berlin woos start-ups to create jobs

Penniless and without major domestic industry to call its own, Berlin is nevertheless bursting with energy and setting its sights on start-ups to generate the jobs it so painfully needs. "The aim must be to become the number one place in Europe for start-ups," said Berlin's mayor Klaus Wowereit, who coined the city's slogan "Poor but sexy". But "there's still some work to do," he conceded. The German capital hopes these mini-companies that bet on innovation can become an economic engine, replenish the city-state's coffers and "bring jobs to the city".

Book asks if Bruce Springsteen helped bring down the Berlin Wall

By Michelle Martin BERLIN (Reuters) - Almost 25 years ago, Bruce Springsteen gave communist East Germany its biggest ever rock concert in a performance that fuelled a spirit of rebellion and may have contributed to events that brought down the Berlin Wall, a new book says. In "Rocking the Wall", U.S. journalist Erik Kirschbaum says the rock star's music and his anti-Berlin Wall speech helped to inspire more than 300,000 fans at the concert in East Berlin, and millions more watching on television, to strive for freedom.

Berlin hails US ties 50 years after JFK's iconic speech

Germany hailed the endurance of transatlantic ties Wednesday on the 50th anniversary of US president John F. Kennedy's stirring Cold War declaration "Ich bin ein Berliner", with celebrations across the reunited city. Ahead of the main commemoration ceremony at the old West Berlin town hall where JFK addressed 450,000 people in 1963, Foreign Minister Guido Westerwelle said the historic speech remained "unforgettable for us Germans".

Berlin Wall's contested removal halted, for now

A property developer in Germany at the centre of running protests over part of the once-detested Berlin Wall being knocked down said on Monday that the dismantling had been temporarily halted. While dozens of protestors again gathered at the Wall's longest surviving stretch, Maik Uwe Hinkel, the head of the company Living Bauhaus, said in a German newspaper that he was open to compromise.

Berlin Wall's contested removal halted, for now

A property developer in Germany at the centre of running protests over part of the once-detested Berlin Wall being knocked down said on Monday that the dismantling had been temporarily halted. While dozens of protestors again gathered at the Wall's longest surviving stretch, Maik Uwe Hinkel, the head of the company Living Bauhaus, said in a German newspaper that he was open to compromise.

Thousands protest against removal of section of Berlin Wall

Berlin, Mar 3 (EFE).- About 5,000 people took to the streets of Germany's capital on Sunday to protest a controversial plan to remove the graffiti-covered East Side Gallery, the longest remaining section of the Berlin Wall, to make way for luxury apartments. No arrests were made during the peaceful protest, which featured musical performances and speeches by politicians and artists, police said. Officials have cut a hole in the most iconic stretch of the wall, one of Berlin's main tourist attractions, to allow emergency vehicles to cross.

'Don't tear down this wall', Berlin protestors say

Detested for nearly three decades as a symbol of oppression, the Berlin Wall again sparked angry protests Friday when a crane began dismantling a segment under plans for a new housing development. About 200 demonstrators of all ages gathered in front of the Wall's longest remaining stretch where police grimly stood between them and the barrier that once made East Berliners prisoners of their own country.

Don't tear down our wall, Berliners plead

By Michelle Martin BERLIN, March 1 (Reuters) - Protesters tried to stop demolition of one of the last remaining stretches of the Berlin Wall on Friday, decades after jubilant Berliners tore down sections of the hated symbol of the Cold War. Blowing whistles and brandishing placards with slogans such as "Berlin is selling itself and its history", around 200 people gathered at a 1.3-km painted section of the wall known as the East Side Gallery, adorned with the work of artists such as Keith Haring and Gerald Scarfe.
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