46 years ago this week, construction began on the Berlin Wall. It divided the city for close to three decades and became one of the most notorious symbols of the Cold War. Many who tried to flee over the wall paid with their lives. But the former East German leadership always denied that there was an official order to shoot at people trying to flee to West Berlin. Now, a document has come to light proving that East German border guards were told not to hesitate to use their firearms.
Try getting anything done in France during August, and you’ll notice a problem: everything is closed, as most people are on vacation. But apparently not everyone is out of commission. According to some immigrant rights groups, the immigration police are working hard – deporting more illegal immigrants this summer than ever before.
More than 2,500 delegates from over 140 nations gathered in Stockholm this week for the annual World Water conference. Every year, scientists, government officials, campaigners and representatives from private industry converge on the Swedish capital to discuss water-related issues.
In Romania, communist archives are still the skeleton in the closet for both politicians and high clergy alike. The Romanian Orthodox Church is now at a turning point after its Patriarch passed away at the beginning of the month. The search for his successor has reopened the highly sensitive issue of the relationship between church leaders and the communist authorities before 1989.
An order of Polish monks has come up with an unusual business idea to support themselves. You may not be familiar with ”Prayer Book” apricot jam or ”Novice Brothers” pickled mushrooms, but the monks’ line of products is gaining ground.
Many visitors to Amsterdam this summer are disappointed to find that two of the Dutch capital’s world famous museums are closed for renovation with only a tiny portion of their collections on show. But there are a wealth of other, smaller museums in the city to visit.