Paul van Dyk was born in communist East Germany. Shortly before the Berlin Wall fell he and his mother emigrated legally. When the border opened, he returned to the East and started DJing. Reunification marked the start of his global career.
President Frank-Walter Steinmeier warned on the Day of German Unity that despite 27 years as a reunified nation, "other walls" have arisen to divide Germany. The public holiday follows on the heels of a testy election.
It's about time. Pop queen Nena's "99 Luftballons" was the rare German-language song to climb the US charts, but she's never toured the country. That is, until now.
Former Chancellor Helmut Kohl has been honored by world leaders at a special ceremony at the European Parliament in Strasbourg. Hundreds had gathered to pay their final respects at a requiem mass in Speyer.
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