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Behold! The World’s Largest Walking Robot

It walks, has wings, breathes fire and it now holds a world record.  This 51-foot (4.5 meters) robotic dragon named "Tradinno" was awarded the 2014 Guinness...

Mein Kampf to Return to German Bookshelves

For the entirety of Germany’s postwar history, Adolf Hitler’s infamous manifesto of hate, Mein Kampf, has been out of print. Thanks to the Bavarian government...

No Cigarettes at Oktoberfest: Bavaria Bans Smoking

Visitors to Munich's world-famous Oktoberfest beer festival will soon be in for a nasty surprise if they decide to spark up a smoke to go with that ale —...

Bavarian Rhapsody

Munich's newly opened Louis Hotel claims inspiration from mad King Ludwig II of Bavaria. Stand in the lobby, though, and the eccentric ruler, famed for his love...

New Report Reveals the Depth of German Poverty

To many on the outside, Germany looks like a big, rich country enjoying the benefits of being Europe's largest economy. Inside, Germans know that looks can be...

Will The Pope Behave in Austria?

Exactly one year ago, the Vatican press corps set out from Rome on a papal trip that wasn't expected to produce major headlines. Yes, Pope Benedict XVI was...

The Pope Tackles Faith and Terrorism

This past Monday it was Sept. 11 in Bavaria too, but you never would have known it if you'd been following Pope Benedict XVI's homecoming visit to his native...

Land of Laptops and Lederhosen

When a four-man company called Switch Biotech was struggling in 1997, it turned to the Bavarian government for help — and help is what it got. A state-funded...

Fighting for the Right

In German politics, the role of Bavaria's Christian Social Union has always been hard to define. It is frequently called the junior sister of the opposition...

Learned Opinion: The Best of Oktoberfest

Oktoberfest began in 1810 as the wedding reception of Prince Ludwig of Bavaria and has evolved into an annual celebration of lager and lederhosen observed...

Down to The Wire

Gerhard Schroder is a survivor. Three years ago, when his Social Democratic Party (SPD) lost six straight local elections because of his government's...

The Recalcitrant Ally

One Western leader for whom the Iraq issue has been a political windfall is Gerhard Schroder. The German Chancellor, up for re-election when Germans go to the...

How the World Sees Japan

Every so often, that is to say, about once a year, the Japanese press gets excited about Western school textbooks. More specifically, the press gets excited...

Germany: Right Face

One of the world's most powerful Germans lives in Rome. Joseph Cardinal Ratzinger, 63, is prefect of the Vatican's Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith,...

Grapevine: May 21, 1990

GEMACHT IN THE U.S.A. Worried about Japanese entries into the luxury car market, BMW will abandon a 40-year tradition of crafting cars exclusively in West...

NATO: Orange v. Blue in Bavaria

In maneuvers, at least, a winner Opposing waves of mammoth tanks maneuvered for position on Bavaria's rain-drenched farm lands. Mechanized units of infantrymen...

Pep Talks Are Not Enough

Franz Josef Strauss, 66, Minister-President,of the West German state of Bavaria, Finance Minister of West Germany from 1966 to 1969 and conservative candidate...

Religion: From Luther to Rome

The good burghers of Bavaria like their beer strong and their religion straight. The Bavarian Lutheran Church is the only staunchly conservative Protestant...

World: Hello to the Flesh

In the Roman Catholic bastions of Bavaria, the riotous midwinter weeks of Fasching (from the German phrase "to pour from a barrel") serve roughly the same...