Articles by Erik Kirschbaum

Bush, Gorbachev, Kohl Mark Berlin Wall’s Fall

  • 02 November 09
  • Reuters
The three statesmen from the United States, Soviet Union and West Germany recalled the heady events that led to the end of the Cold War at a ceremony attended by 1,800 people.

Medvedev to See Domino Berlin Wall Fall

  • 22 October 09
  • Reuters
The president will join French President Nicolas Sarkozy, British Prime Minister Gordon Brown and U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton for festivities marking the 20th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall on Nov. 9.

Boss' East Berlin Show Strikes Chord 20 Years On

  • 17 July 08
  • Reuters
When Bruce Springsteen spoke out against the Berlin Wall at the biggest concert in East German history in 1988, no one in the crowd of 160,000 imagined that the symbol of the Cold War would soon be history.

Germans Fret No One Likes Them

  • 26 May 08
  • Reuters
Germans fretted about being unloved in Europe on Sunday after their most popular band of the last decade got zero points from 40 of 42 countries in the Eurovision Song Contest and they ended up sharing last place.

No Flood So Far From Schengen's Expansion

  • 23 January 08
  • Reuters
Fears that hordes of illegal immigrants would pour into the European Union once border controls for nine mostly Eastern European nations were abolished a month ago appear, at least for now, to have been unfounded.

Germany Builds Trail Following Berlin Wall

  • 13 August 07
  • Reuters
BERLIN -- It is hard to find any tangible evidence left of the Berlin Wall, hastily built 46 years ago by communist East Germany and torn down almost as quickly in 1989 in a rush to obliterate memories of the loathed barrier.

Valuyev Takes World Heavyweight Title

  • 19 December 05
  • Reuters
Giant boxer Nikolai Valuyev used size to his advantage to dethrone World Boxing Association Champion John Ruiz of the United States on Sunday and become the first heavyweight champion from Russia.

Lebedeva's $1M Dream Comes True

  • 06 September 05
  • Reuters
The Russian triple jumper places more importance on her jackpot jump than on her Helsinki gold.

A Booming Business in a Shrinking German City

  • 29 March 05
  • Reuters
Demolition crews enjoy a thriving business in depressed Schwedt, where thousands of abandoned apartments are being torn down to prevent the shrinking eastern German city from looking like a ghost town.

New Bundesbank Boss Neither Hawk nor Dove

  • 22 April 04
  • Reuters
Berlin's move to name Axel Weber, a senior academic, as Bundesbank president won praise Wednesday from economists who said he could be categorized neither as a monetary policy ""dove"" nor as a ""hawk"".

Historians End a Cold War Myth

  • 16 June 03
  • Reuters
It was one of the more compelling stories of the Cold War, an act of heroic defiance by Soviet soldiers who were later executed for refusing to shoot civilians during the 1953 uprising in East Berlin.

Street-Naming Dispute Fuels Jews' Fears

  • 18 November 02
  • Reuters
A rowdy dispute that broke out during a ceremony to rename a Berlin street ""Judenstrasse"" -- Jews Street -- six decades after the Nazis removed the name has aroused fears and anger in Germany's tiny Jewish community.

Campaigning Schr?der Defends MobilCom Aid

  • 18 September 02
  • Reuters
German Chancellor Gerhard Schr?der has launched a spirited defense of his decision to rescue struggling telecoms firm MobilCom AG.

German Engineer Strike Hits Berlin

  • 14 May 02
  • Reuters
Rolling pay strikes by Germany's powerful IG Metall engineering union took place in Berlin on Monday.

Germany Mourns School Deaths

  • 29 April 02
  • Reuters
He was called shy, ordinary, a loner, unassuming, timid and even lazy. But no one who knew Robert Steinhaeuser thought the troubled teenager would turn into one of Germany's most savage killers.

Russia Loses in Final, Safin Loses Cool

  • 28 May 01
  • Reuters
Wayne Arthurs and Scott Draper teamed up to beat Yevgeny Kafelnikov and Marat Safin 7-6 (7-5), 1-6, 6-4, to take the $500,000 first place prize money at the World Team Cup.

Memo: Bush, Schroeder to Halt Aid

  • 21 May 01
  • Reuters
German Chancellor Schroeder and U.S. President Bush agreed to withhold Russian financial aid as long as vast sums continue to leave the country, two German magazines reported.

Safin Surges Before French Open

Dortmund Falls to Novice Trier 2-1

Graf Considers Retirement Following Knee Operation

Germany Gold Plan Criticized

Albanian King Claims Berisha Promises a Vote on Monarchy

Albania Moves Toward June Election

Italian Troops Arrive in Albanian Port

Germans Call Scientology Protest 'Distortion'

Wary Germans Put Aside Investment Fears

U.S. Election Garners Little Foreign Interest

German 'Human Trafficker' Found Guilty

East Germans Yield Hammer and Sickle Passports

MiGs Win Hearts of Ex-German Foes