When Harald Huth bought the former Wertheim department store site in central Berlin, he planned to build a mall with 200 shops for about 400 million euros ($550 million). Three years and almost 1 billion euros later, he’s set to open Germany’s biggest shopping center, with 270 stores.
Ukraine accused Russia of fueling terrorism in its eastern regions as a move against separatists in the town of Kramatorsk stalled on the eve of an international conference aimed at defusing the crisis.
Christoph Breit stands atop a squat lookout tower surveying the former Tempelhof airfield, now a vast park where windsurfers barrel down the runways that had been the city’s lifeline during the 1948 Berlin airlift.
Western leaders may think Vladimir Putin is crazy for threatening to annex Crimea and invade other areas of Ukraine. Most Russians, still bitter about the Soviet Union’s demise more than two decades ago, couldn’t be prouder.
Berlin’s developers have wooed buyers and tenants by touting the city’s history, from the Weimar era to the Berlin Wall. Now, a building where East German soldiers looked out for defectors to shoot is getting a new life as a technology hub.