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What Comes After the Merkel Era?
A new leader for Germany’s conservatives also brings a new era in German politics.

Sat, 08 Dec 2018 16:21:59 GMT


Merkel Ally Picked to Lead Christian Democratic Union
The centrist Christian Democratic Union elected Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer to succeed Angela Merkel as party leader. She is sometimes referred to as “Mini-Merkel.”

Fri, 07 Dec 2018 21:01:08 GMT


Merkel’s Party Picks Successor in Her Image: Wry, Moderate and a Woman
The woman to succeed Angela Merkel in Germany is much like her. That is Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer’s greatest strength and her greatest weakness.

Fri, 07 Dec 2018 15:58:14 GMT


The ‘It’ ’80s Party Girl Is Now a Defender of the Catholic Faith
Princess Gloria von Thurn und Taxis used to hang with Warhol. Now, she hosts Stephen K. Bannon and the bishops opposed to Pope Francis in her 500-room palace.

Fri, 07 Dec 2018 12:06:10 GMT


Angela Merkel’s Political Life in Pictures: Tracing the End of an Era
As Germany’s chancellor enters the final chapter of a long career, the snapshots of her political life chronicle an era that may end with her.

Fri, 07 Dec 2018 08:50:45 GMT


It Doesn’t Matter Who Replaces Merkel. Germany Is Broken.
The erosion of the country’s postwar order has created a populace open to messages and movements previously banished to the fringes.

Fri, 07 Dec 2018 06:00:21 GMT


Merkel’s Use of English Vulgarity Stirs Online Reaction
German Chancellor Angela Merkel deployed a word English speakers might use to describe chaos or outrage during a speech at a technology conference.

Thu, 06 Dec 2018 16:24:06 GMT


Luxembourg to Become the First Country to Offer Free Mass Transit for All
Plagued by traffic jams, one of the smallest countries in Europe will allow people to ride free from 2020.

Thu, 06 Dec 2018 15:42:46 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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Kramp-Karrenbauer's Win: Rough Road Ahead for the Merkel Dynasty
German Chancellor Angela Merkel wanted to hand over the leadership of the Christian Democratic Union to Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer and on Friday she got her wish. But the party is deeply divided and keeping the CDU together is task No. 1.

Mon, 10 Dec 2018 14:37:35 +0100


'A Favor': Dirty Alliance between Player Agents and a Team Executive
As an executive at Bayer Leverkusen, Jonas Boldt played the role of accomplice to a trio of player agents. The case shines a spotlight on the greed pervasive in professional football. By DER SPIEGEL Staff

Fri, 07 Dec 2018 18:00:06 +0100


Golden Age: A Billionaire Backer and the Murky Finances of the AfD
All eyes are on the AfD's finances following reports of large donations from Switzerland and Holland. Now, reporting has revealed that the right-wing party has enjoyed big-money support from the very beginning.

Fri, 30 Nov 2018 12:23:00 +0100


Alternative Funding: Donation Scandal Hits German Right-Wing Populists
The right-wing populist party Alternative for Germany has long crowed that it is different than the "cartel parties." Now, though, it has been rocked by a far-reaching donation scandal. Party leadership may soon see a shake-up.

Mon, 19 Nov 2018 13:47:00 +0100


A New Start for Germany: Time for Merkel to Say Goodbye
Angela Merkel recently announced she would step down as chair of the Christian Democratic Union but would remain chancellor. The decision doesn't go far enough. It is time to let Germany make a new start.

Thu, 08 Nov 2018 12:33:00 +0100


After Angela: The Beginning of the Post-Merkel Era
Angela Merkel's recent announcement that she would step down as the chair of the Christian Democratic Union has opened up a race for power that could define the future of the conservative party and the country. New elections could be next.

Thu, 08 Nov 2018 12:30:00 +0100


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
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.