Andreas Erhard owns three watchtowers originally erected along the Iron Curtain by the East German army. He also invested extra money in cleaning them up. He sees the towers as living history, and has opened them up to the public.
A book of candid interviews with former Chancellor Helmut Kohl is to be published this week against his will. He said Angela Merkel "couldn't eat with a knife and fork," and that Gorbachev left a forgettable legacy.
German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier has told the General Assembly the UN must not revert to Cold War standoffs. Russian counterpart Sergei Lavrov accused the US of wanting to interfere militarily "anywhere."
Nationalist candidates are leading in elections for Bosnia's three-member collective presidency. The ethnically divided Balkan nation is plagued by endemic corruption and high unemployment.
The strip of land that once divided east and west Germany is now a conservation area. The watchtowers and fences are gone, allowing hikers to follow the former border while enjoying the landscape.
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