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Pros and cons of leaving the eu: is brexit good for the island?

Yes? No? Stay? Go? Two British academics argue about their country’s exit from the European Union.

What would Winston Churchill have said about Brexit? Photo: Kirsty Wigglesworth AP

Yes.

We Brexit supporters have become accustomed to questions from our European friends about what’s gotten into us. "Have you gone mad?" "Don’t you like us anymore?" "How can you?"-in response to these naive, sometimes touching questions, I take a deep breath and try to be brief. It has nothing to do with disliking Europe. Many leading Brexiteers have close European ties. I myself have spent most of my professional life writing about France and teaching European history. I know Paris better than London, the Pyrenees better than the Highlands, Berlin better than Liverpool.

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Travel fairs in berlin: trend sharing economy

The place to be for new things in tourism: the ITB tourism trade show is cooperating with the Berlin Travel Festival in the Berlin exhibition halls from March 4 to 8.

At the Berlin Travel Festival Photo: Robert B. Fishman

With a quiet hiss, the bright red balloon on Jorg Sudermann’s wrist inflates in a matter of seconds. The Berlin Travel Festival marketing man is demonstrating one of the gadgets the manufacturer is presenting at the festival: an airbag for surfers.

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Plea for an institution: you don’t close swimming pools!

It is the great pool for all, a sociotope, a happiness. A municipal duty. Anyone who thinks that outdoor pools are too expensive has understood nothing.

Shimmering light blue water, beautifully shaped tiles: a composition of architecture and geometry Photo: dpa

How does capitalism work? Especially in times of global monetary transactions? Something like this: In the south of the USA, a hurricane, let’s call it "Katrina," devastates large parts of a stately metropolis, and a few years later, two or three swimming pools close in Munich or Hanover. You think there’s no connection? Yes, there is.

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New developments on #metoo: pain, not harmless pleasure

From the Nobel Prize to Christian Kracht: In cultural spheres, it was considered almost necessary to endure humiliation. That is now an end.

No longer silent, no longer hiding Photo: Unsplash/ Steve Harvey

It is frightening what is currently coming out in the cultural sphere in the sign of #MeToo. The confession of the writer Christian Kracht that he was sexually abused by a teacher when he was twelve years old, delivered during his Frankfurt poetry lecture, is not the only one.

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Museums before moving to the humboldt forum: a big sweep in dahlem

Before the Ethnological and Asian Museums close for good on January 8, 2017, Dahlem is going all out with a Long Weekend.

Hermann Parzinger, president of the SPK, looks at a Nulis mask in Dahlem Photo: DPA

There was a time in the 1980s when even die-hard West Berliners dutifully made their Sunday excursions to the southwest of the city. They went to Dahlem to the Ethnological Museums and the Museum of Asian Art to see fairytale exhibitions and collections from China, Laos, the South Seas, Africa and America. And those who hadn’t yet worn themselves out stopped by the Gemaldegalerie or took a breath of fresh air in the Grunewald before heading back toward Kreuzberg. What were the excursions adapted and bourgeois.

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Kunst am bau in der ddr: what art achieved

Late recognition: A symposium in Berlin dealt with art in buildings in the GDR. Eastern modernism is receiving new attention.

Josep Renau’s wall mosaic on man, nature and technology in Erfurt after restoration Photo: Martin Schutt/dpa

The symposium was significantly overbooked. The organizers, the German Federal Ministry of the Interior, for Construction and Home Affairs and the Federal Office for Building and Regional Planning, had not expected this. After all, the theme of the conference on January 24 at the Akademie der Kunste in Berlin was "Art in Construction in the GDR." Not exactly a big deal, one would think. One can be mistaken.

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Column heroes of the movement: god of small things

He doesn’t touch the ball often – but when he does, he "puts the cherry in." Alex Meier is an example of how beautiful pragmatism can be.

Can also be angry: Eintracht Frankfurt’s Alex Meier Photo: dpa

Specifically, I can’t remember any goal from Alex Meier. I have a very clear idea of what Alex Meier goals look like, but I don’t have an Alex Meier moment in my brain.

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“Monet. Places” at the museum barberini: platitude with monet

If the exhibition in Potsdam could open its doors once again, one would only speak of haystacks again. That would be a great pity.

Installation view Haystack painting from the exhibition "Monet. Places" Photo: David von Becker, Museum Barberini

Three weeks before the opening of the Berlin Wall on November 9, 1989, the events in an auction room in New York were of no interest in the then German workers’ and farmers’ state. At Sotheby’s in the Rockefeller Center, the hammer fell on October 18 for "Snow-covered Haystacks in the Evening Light" by Claude Monet (1840-1926) from 1891. The 65 x 100 cm canvas cost the buyer at the time $8.5 million.

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Commentary on germany’s turkey policy: gabriel stumbles over himself

It could have been a diplomatic masterpiece, but the foreign minister is ruining everything for himself. Because there’s one thing he hasn’t thought through.

Sigmar Gabriel in action Photo: dpa

The ideal scenario for German Foreign Minister Sigmar Gabriel (SPD) looks like this: Flight to Istanbul with the federally owned Airbus, handover of Turkish hostage Deniz Yucel on the tarmac, triumphant return to Berlin and motorcade to Kreuzberg. A dream.

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Homeless camp rummelsburger bucht: not problems, but people.

There should be a round table with all parties involved – including representatives of the camp’s self-government. A weekly commentary.

In addition to camps, isolated tents of homeless people can be seen again and again in the city Photo: dpa

While the dispute over the controversial aquarium "Coral World" is still ongoing, the homeless camp at Rummelsburg Bay has again reached considerable dimensions. It is estimated that more than 100 people live hidden behind bushes, trees and construction fences on the edge of a wasteland at the Ostkreuz S-Bahn station.