Twenty years after he led the Velvet Revolution, paving the way for the rise of democracy in Eastern Europe, Václav Havel, a playwright and dissident who became free Czechoslovakia's first president, sat down in Berlin with NEWSWEEK's Michael Levitin to discuss fear of Russia, the importance of NATO, and why some of his countrymen still feel nostalgic for the communist era.
Sir David King has been a climate guru since the earliest days of global warming. The director of Oxford's Smith School of Enterprise and the Environment and the former chief scientific adviser to Tony Blair, King was instrumental in developing Britain's new $1.5 billion Energy Technologies Institute for clean power.
Only last year, the idea of a U.S. politician lecturing Europe on green technology would have seemed bizarre. But that's exactly what California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger did last week at the CeBIT trade fair in Hanover for green IT products. "It doesn't make any sense for people to sit back and whine and complain about the economy slowing down," he said. "We have to be part of the solution … and green technology has a huge potential for that." The speech actually contained few surprises for...
He was chief of staff to Chancellor Gerhard Schröder, the leading voice behind Germany's refusal to fight in Iraq. Now German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier is the Social Democratic Party candidate for chancellor in next year's elections, running against the popular Christian Democrat incumbent, Angela Merkel.
After the United States stunned England with a 1-0 victory at the 1950 World Cup, soccer mysteriously died in America. Baseball, football and basketball dominated the postwar years; it wasn't until the North American Soccer League kicked off in '68--and the New York Cosmos glowed with stars like Brazil's Pele and Germany's Franz Beckenbauer--that the sport surged back to life nationally.