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Police in Crete Say Suspect Admitted Killing American Scientist
Suzanne Eaton, a prominent biologist, went missing on the Greek island. Her body was found last week in a cave, and her death was ruled a homicide.

Tue, 16 Jul 2019 11:06:15 GMT

E.U. Ministers, Scrambling to Save Iran Nuclear Deal, Play Down Breaches
“There is no alternative” to the 2015 deal that President Trump has rejected and Iran is backing away from, the European Union’s foreign policy chief said.

Mon, 15 Jul 2019 13:53:22 GMT

Greens Are the New Hope for Europe’s Center. For the Far Right, They’re Enemy No. 1.
As climate change emerges as the latest front in Europe’s culture wars, can Green parties show that environmental policy is compatible with social justice?

Sun, 14 Jul 2019 14:29:39 GMT

A Skull Bone Discovered in Greece May Alter the Story of Human Prehistory
The bone, found in a cave, is the oldest modern human fossil ever discovered in Europe. It hints that humans began leaving Africa far earlier than once thought.

Wed, 10 Jul 2019 17:48:24 GMT

Overlooked No More: Else Ury’s Stories Survived World War II. She Did Not.
Ury’s books about a German girl were so beloved, readers clung to them through the upheaval of World War II and passed them on to their children. But few knew that the author had died at Auschwitz.

Wed, 10 Jul 2019 15:00:06 GMT

Merkel Is Seen Shaking Again, Renewing Health Concerns
It was the third time in less than a month that Chancellor Angela Merkel of Germany had been seen trembling, but she insisted that her health was fine.

Wed, 10 Jul 2019 11:26:28 GMT

Iraqi Refugee Is Convicted in Germany of Raping and Murdering Teenage Girl
The man was sentenced to life in prison for killing the 14-year-old in a case that fueled outrage, particularly on the far right, at the handling of asylum seekers.

Wed, 10 Jul 2019 09:56:02 GMT

In Berlin, Socialism Is Suddenly Hot Again
The city’s housing crisis is driving residents to consider left-wing solutions.

Mon, 08 Jul 2019 10:00:05 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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Far-Right AfD: Germany's Populist Party Embraces Its Extremist Wing
The far-right fringe of Germany's populist Alternative for Germany party is gaining ground. Politicians in the party who once opposed the wing and its leader, Björn Höcke, have abandoned their resistance and are taking steps to embrace the extremists.

Fri, 12 Jul 2019 19:16:00 +0200

The Road to Brussels: Does Von der Leyen Have a Chance as Commission President?
The nomination of German Defense Minister Ursula von der Leyen as European Commission president came as a surprise. And many are unhappy. It not only undermines efforts to make the EU more democratic, but she may not be confirmed.

Fri, 05 Jul 2019 18:00:02 +0200

No Way Back: Why Most Syrian Refugees Want to Stay in Germany
Islamic State has been conquered and the war has ended in large parts of Syria, but most Syrian refugees living in Germany want to stay. Many fear persecution if they go back while others have already established themselves in their new home.

Wed, 03 Jul 2019 17:09:04 +0200

Father, Neighbor, Killer: Germany's Chilling New Far-Right Terror
The recent politically motivated assassination of a prominent local leader in Germany has raised concern about the growing threat of far-right extremism in the country. As investigators search for possible accomplices, politicians are struggling to find answers to the escalating violence. By DER SPIEGEL Staff

Thu, 27 Jun 2019 17:45:00 +0200

Sudden Success: Germany's Green Party Faces Serious Growing Pains
Public opinion polls indicate that Germany's Green Party is currently the strongest political force in the country.  With a lack of policy experts, money and even sufficient office space, though, the party isn't quite ready for prime time. Only time will tell if the Greens are up to the challenge. By DER SPIEGEL Staff

Wed, 19 Jun 2019 17:48:56 +0200

The Downfall of Andrea Nahles: A Year with the Doomed SPD Chairwoman
Andrea Nahles had hoped to rejuvenate Germany's Social Democratic Party. But after just over a year as party chair, she threw in the towel amid an unceasing storm of criticism. What went wrong?

Thu, 13 Jun 2019 12:09:00 +0200

Right-Wing Extremism? The Puzzling Murder of a German Politician
The brutal murder of a politician in central Germany has led to widespread speculation about the motive and the identity of the perpetrator. Some see it as retaliation for his pro-refugee stance, but investigators have their doubts.

Fri, 07 Jun 2019 18:03:00 +0200

A Dim View of the World: Will Merkel Be Followed by Darkness?
As the end of her tenure approaches, Angela Merkel has a view of the world that couldn't be much grimmer. She sees the pillars of the world order collapsing and yet, strangely, she doesn't seem to be doing much about it.

Tue, 28 May 2019 11:52:07 +0200

Climate Stasis: German Failure on the Road to a Renewable Future
In 2011, German Chancellor Angela Merkel announced the country was turning away from nuclear energy in favor of a renewable future. Since then, however, progress has been limited. Berlin has wasted billions of euros and resistance is mounting.

Mon, 13 May 2019 17:30:28 +0200

The AfD Dilemma: Germany Struggles to Find Right Approach to Populists
With the AfD now holding seats in every state parliament and in the federal parliament in Berlin, churches, unions and other organizations across Germany are wrestling with a tough question: Is it better to kick the populists out or to try to integrate them? By DER SPIEGEL Staff

Thu, 09 May 2019 16:48:00 +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.