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Trump, Populists and the Rise of Right-Wing Globalization
The president and the far right want to keep the free movement of goods and money, but not of people.

Mon, 22 Oct 2018 09:45:05 GMT


Norway Apologizes, 70 Years Later, to Women Who Had Relationships With WWII Germans
The women, and their offspring, were punished and mistreated after Norway was liberated following World War II, and some were forced into exile.

Fri, 19 Oct 2018 14:39:08 GMT


With Piranha-Like Teeth, This Prehistoric Predator Never Bit Off More Than It Could Chew
A fossil discovered in southern Germany is the earliest known flesh-eating bony fish.

Thu, 18 Oct 2018 15:00:05 GMT


Mismanagement, and a Scientology Scandal, Blamed in Munich Museum Chief’s Ouster
Okwui Enwezor was hired to head the Haus der Kunst with fanfare in 2011. But in the wake of his exit in June, questions arose about his tenure.

Wed, 17 Oct 2018 15:12:44 GMT


As Voters on Left and Right Rebel, Glimpse of a Post-Merkel Germany
An election in Bavaria was expected to turn on a populist backlash against migrants, but voters went their own way. The results may worry Angela Merkel, but analysts say they signal a healthy democracy.

Mon, 15 Oct 2018 23:53:42 GMT


Liberal Greens and Far Right Make Bavarian Election Gains
The far-right Alternative for Germany will enter the Bavarian Parliament for the first time. But the Greens, who favor migration, were the big winners in the election.

Sun, 14 Oct 2018 17:58:01 GMT


Migration and the Far Right Changed Europe. A German Vote Will Show How Much.
A Bavarian election would not normally attract much outside attention. But Sunday’s poll is expected to reflect an increasingly fragmented society.

Fri, 12 Oct 2018 13:39:29 GMT


In Deutschland reißt ein neues Museum alte Wunden auf
Mit dem Humboldt Forum, das 2019 eröffnet werden soll, wollte sich das Land selbstbewusst und weltoffen präsentieren. Stattdessen ist eine hitzige Debatte über Deutschlands koloniale Vergangenheit entbrannt.

Fri, 12 Oct 2018 08:00:09 GMT
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Finding my husband in Freiburg. Twice. SJ Dodgson MJoTA 2014 v8n2 p0831

I took a long time learning to be a good wife. The 3 times I tried were all to professional men with blue eyes, mostly German ancestry and Roman Catholic. My first was an Australian with a German last name, Gavan Schneider MD BS, my second was an American with a Finnish name that migrated to the coalfields of Pennsylvania via Poland, Raymond Pekala MD, which union produced Angus and Miles Dodgson Pekala. My third, whom I married for better or worse in June 1993, is totally German, Lothar Blossfeld Dipl Physik (Heidelberg). We have 2 children, Allister and Patience.

Almost as if I married the same man 3 times. Even more peculiar is that I was born in England in the long shadow of the second world war, and from when I could talk I knew that the Germans had tried to kill us all. Twice. World War I and World War II. And did succeed in killing at least a dozen or so of my close male relatives.


My mother came from 2 contrasting breeds of Belfast Irish: Quakers who tolerate everyone, and Presbyterians who tolerate hardly anyone. She caused quite a fuss when she told her parents she was bringing my father home to Belfast for the wedding: an Englishman named Michael? A name only used in Ireland by Catholics?

Lothar however, is not terribly Catholic. He is a mix of Catholic, Jewish and Lutheran, although when asked to pay the compulsory state tax for churches, he managed to wriggle out of it by saying he did not believe in anything. He always went to Catholic church with me on Christmas with my 2 Pekala sons and, after they appeared, our son and daughter.


I met Lothar in April 1986, in a pub in Freiburg-im-Breisgau and rapidly we moved into a pattern that lasted 12 years, of him visiting me in New Jersey or traveling with me, and me and the children visiting him in Freiburg and his parents in Frankfurt. After 6 years he bought a hotel in Breitnau. In 1998, 6 years after that, I started working as a professional medical writer, with no vacation time, and that was the end of my trips to Germany. In 2008, Lothar sold the hotel, without bothering to send me my possessions, and in 2013 was placed in an old people's home in Freiburg by his landlady. Who blocked all access to his family. My daughter and I found him in August 2014, after no replies from any of his contacts, and after going to the police in Freiburg to file a missing person's report.

Now that Lothar has Parkinson's Disease and needs his family, we were there for him. Doing our best to rescue him from his landlady whom he has said used threats to gain control over his health, residence, assets and block his family. German courts thought perfectly reasonable the concept that a man with dementia, who needs someone to wipe his bottom, could decide to never ever see his only family again. Our ties with Germany are severed.

During my father's trip before he died, he visited me in New Jersey, and then Lothar in Freiberg-im-Breisgau in 1986, to whom he spoke in German. My father learned German, from a German prisoner-of-war working on his parent's farm during World War II, and honed in Australia through a friendship with German refugees.

Videos of Breitnau, yes, a lot of snow from October until April.

Germany. SJ Dodgson MJoTA 2013 v7n2 p1216

Today is December 16, Beethoven's birthday. I know that because I grew up reading a newspaper comic, Peanuts, for whom Beethoven's birthday was extremely important. The comic's creator, Charles Schultz, had a German name, as do a lot of Americans. America is very German: in the early 1900s more immigrants came from Germany than anywhere else and they influenced the foods we eat like pretzels?

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Three Female Veterans of German Politics: 'There Was an Assumption I Would Be Docile'
What's life like for women in the top echelons of German politics? DER SPIEGEL spoke with three former cabinet ministers about their experiences as women in government. Things have improved, they say, but there is still much to be done.

Thu, 18 Oct 2018 13:25:59 +0200


Anti-Democratic Tendencies: Germany Considers Monitoring Right-Wing AfD
Germany's domestic intelligence agency is wary of officially monitoring the right-wing populist Alternative for Germany party. But there is plenty of cause for concern. Extremist ideas are present at all levels within the AfD. By DER SPIEGEL Staff

Tue, 16 Oct 2018 10:04:32 +0200


Merkel's Bavaria Headache: Berlin Coalition Emerges Even Weaker
It was an historic defeat for both the center-right Christian Social Union and the center-left Social Democrats. The aftershocks of the state election in Bavaria are likely to reach all the way to Berlin, with Chancellor Angela Merkel's coalition even more wobbly that it was.

Mon, 15 Oct 2018 13:44:46 +0200


CSU in Crisis: What Went Wrong for Bavarian Conservatives?
For decades, the Christian Social Union in Bavaria has exerted outsized influence on Germany's national political stage. With state elections approaching on Sunday, however, the CSU finds itself embroiled in crisis. What went wrong?

Wed, 10 Oct 2018 17:22:59 +0200


Germany's Extremism Problem: Officials Zero In on Neo-Nazi Terror Cell
In the wake of far-right unrest in the eastern German city of Chemnitz, investigators have uncovered a suspected neo-Nazi terror cell thought to have been planning a major attack. The arrests show how self-confident extremists have become. By DER SPIEGEL Staff

Mon, 08 Oct 2018 11:46:36 +0200


Growing Anti-Semitism in Germany: 'We Are Facing a Monster'
In a DER SPIEGEL interview, Charlotte Knobloch, 85, speaks of the fears Jews in Germany have of growing right-wing populism in the country. The former president of the Central Council of Jews in Germany is also sharply critical of U.S. Ambassador Richard Grenell.

Fri, 05 Oct 2018 18:11:48 +0200


What Comes Next?: Chinks in Merkel's Power Becoming Visible
In a recent act of rebellion, German conservatives chose to oust one of Angela Merkel's closest confidants. It is just the latest sign that the chancellor's power is eroding. And the scuffle within her party to succeed her has begun. By DER SPIEGEL Staff

Thu, 04 Oct 2018 16:17:08 +0200


The Shadowy Arms Trade: A Look Back at a Questionable Tank Deal
An intermediary received a commission of almost $200 million for the sale of battle tanks to United Arab Emirates. Some of that money, though, may have been used to bribe government officials.

Fri, 28 Sep 2018 18:31:00 +0200


Former German Foreign Minister Sigmar Gabriel: 'The World Is Changing Dramatically'
Former German Foreign Minister Sigmar Gabriel speaks to DER SPIEGEL about his call for the country to take on a new global role and why Germans are underestimating the dangers posed by the current geopolitical situation.

Mon, 24 Sep 2018 16:32:37 +0200


Far-Right Populism: How the Alternative for Germany Has Transformed the Country
Founded only five years ago, the Alternative for Germany has grown from a marginal party to a game-changer in federal and state politics -- and become ever more radical. Is it a testament to the strength of German democracy, or a threat to it? By DER SPIEGEL Staff

Fri, 21 Sep 2018 17:54:41 +0200
Lufthansa Plane Lost in Switzerland SJ Dodgson MJoTA 2015 v9n1p0322

Is this tragic crash of a German plane flying from Barcelona, Spain to Duesseldorf, Germany, a metaphor for Germany losing control over European Union? The press conference given by the CEO of Lufthansa insisted that the pilots passed all medical and technical tests and no red flags were raised. I believe them. An airline has no upside in a crash, none at all, and ethical airline companies do everything possible to avert these crashes.

But I also believe that in Germany, rules are made for efficiency, not for humans.

I went to Germany in 1986 to learn some surgical techniques. I was a research assistant professor at an American Ivy League university (University of Pennsylvania) As the mother of 2 American adults whose father is a German scientist imprisoned in a hospital in Germany, I affirm their rules were not made for humans.

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Brilliant engineering, taking risks and doing everything they can to lower greenhouse gas output and water usage. Germany is leading the way, and US police need to be arresting parents whose children have access to guns, rather than parents who leave their kids outside a store, with the whole world watching them, so they can nip in and buy a loaf of bread.

These young people were enjoying the afternoon breezes on the arches of a footbridge, near the University of Freiburg and the main train station in Freiburg-im-Breisgau.
Where I took the background picture in July 2015.