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As Trump Exits, France and Germany Squabble Again
The Trump presidency forced European countries to come together and stand more on their own. Officials in France and Germany are already tussling about life after he departs.

Wed, 25 Nov 2020 22:15:26 +0000


Driver Crashes Car Into Gate Outside Angela Merkel’s Office
The motive is unclear, and the police said Germany’s chancellor was never in danger.

Wed, 25 Nov 2020 13:47:37 +0000


In a Year of No Trade Fairs, Germany Takes It Hard
Some big companies say they can do without them. But trade fairs are essential for those that can’t afford an international sales force, and play an important role in the German economy.

Wed, 25 Nov 2020 10:00:31 +0000


Boris Johnson Lays Out U.K. Plan for a ‘Green Industrial Revolution’
Goals include ending sales of gas and diesel cars by 2030, achieving net zero carbon emissions by 2050 and, perhaps, pleasing a new sensibility in Washington.

Tue, 24 Nov 2020 17:47:16 +0000


Trump Contrives His Stab-in-the-Back Myth
An obscene conspiracy theory from the past echoes loudly in the present.

Tue, 24 Nov 2020 00:56:13 +0000


Police Break Up Protest Against Virus Restrictions in Germany
Riot police in Berlin used water canons to disperse crowds at a demonstration against coronavirus restrictions organized by coronavirus deniers, vaccine skeptics and right-wing extremists on Wednesday.

Thu, 19 Nov 2020 14:26:49 +0000


German Police Arrest 3 Suspects in Heist of Royal Jewels
Officers searched homes, garages and vehicles in Berlin, detaining two 23-year-olds and a 26-year-old in connection with the theft of gold, diamonds and other precious stones in Dresden last year.

Tue, 17 Nov 2020 16:49:19 +0000


Derrière le vaccin en tête de la course contre la Covid-19, un couple de scientifiques
L’entreprise allemande BioNTech, fondée par deux chercheurs, mari et femme à la ville, s’est associée à Pfizer pour élaborer un vaccin qui vient de se révéler efficace à 90%.

Fri, 13 Nov 2020 17:55:55 +0000
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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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German ICUs Are Struggling to Keep Up with Corona - The Second Wave Hits the Hospitals
German hospitals have invested heavily in the equipment needed to treat serious cases of COVID-19. But they lack the staff necessary to cope with the second coronavirus wave, which is already filling up intensive care units.

Thu, 12 Nov 2020 17:08:35 +0100


Three Doctors on the Front Lines: "It’s a Mistake To Think We Have this Disease Under Control"
How are things going with the treatment of COVID patients? And what happens if infection rates continue to rise? Doctors discuss their daily lives on the front lines of the coronavirus.

Thu, 12 Nov 2020 17:08:17 +0100


The U.S. Elections: Germany Looks Across the Atlantic with Anxiety and Hope
Even as a Biden victory seems increasingly likely, German political leaders are biting their nails. Four more years of Trump, many of them worry, could be disastrous for the trans-Atlantic relationship.

Thu, 5 Nov 2020 15:39:53 +0100


Germany: Angela Merkel's Chief of Staff on the Need for Increased Coronavirus Restrictions
Helge Braun, the head of Angela Merkel’s Chancellery, warns in an interview of a possible exponential rise in the number of coronavirus cases. He warns of the risk of long-term economic damage if Germany can't keep the number of cases under control.

Mon, 12 Oct 2020 17:22:04 +0200


The Lessons of Germany's Coronavirus Response
Germany's response to the coronavirus pandemic has been widely praise, but plenty of mistakes have been made both in Berlin and in state capitals. Have we learned anything?

Mon, 5 Oct 2020 17:53:20 +0200


Germans Disappointed By Coronavirus Tracking App: Lots of Work But Little Utility
Officials touted it as an important weapon in the fight against the pandemic, but there have been numerous glitches and shortcomings with Germany's corona app. Some argue it does more harm than good.

Thu, 24 Sep 2020 14:51:32 +0200


Europe's Refugee Disaster: Merkel Losing Her Patience with Lack of EU Solidarity
The German government feels it has been left in the lurch by most of its EU partners on asylum policy. Even refugee hardliner Horst Seehofer, Germany's interior minister, has some choice words for Austria.

Fri, 18 Sep 2020 17:48:21 +0200


German Health Expert on Second Wave of COVID-19: More Deaths in 6 To 8 Weeks
German politician Karl Lauterbach, a member of parliament and one of the country’s leading voices on the coronavirus, warns in an interview that cases of COVID-19 are about to increase dramatically in Germany. Politicians, he says, will need to tighten the reins again.

Thu, 17 Sep 2020 16:05:41 +0200


Cold Corona Comfort: Germany Braces for the Second COVID-19 Wave
In Germany, the number of coronavirus infections is once again on the rise, but the disease is killing fewer people. Still, epidemiologists warn that the pandemic could spin out of control again this winter.

Thu, 10 Sep 2020 14:36:20 +0200


Germany: Stimulus Measures Have Bucked the Corona Crisis
Berlin has earmarked more than 1 trillion euros in cash and loans to help the country escape the worst economic consequences of the coronavirus pandemic. Many of the measures have worked - for now. On the long term, though, some strategies could hinder an upswing.

Tue, 8 Sep 2020 12:25:39 +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.