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Germany and the Age of Political Absolutism
The collapse of coalition talks on Sunday doesn’t mean the country is collapsing. But it does show how much the far right has changed German politics.

Mon, 20 Nov 2017 15:27:56 -0500

Germany Plunged Into Political Crisis After Coalition Talks Fail
Chancellor Angela Merkel says she would prefer a new round of elections to leading a minority government, if the quest for a majority coalition fails.

Mon, 20 Nov 2017 12:10:32 -0500

Germany Fails to Form Coalition; Next Move Unclear
Talks to form a new government, led by Angela Merkel, ended after the Free Democrats walked out, saying that the parties lacked enough trust to govern.

Sun, 19 Nov 2017 20:37:04 -0500

The Void at the Heart of ‘Gurlitt: Status Report’
Cornelius Gurlitt’s trove of inherited art, hidden for decades, is finally on view in two exhibitions. But bringing it into the light can’t dispel his ghost.

Sun, 19 Nov 2017 05:00:22 -0500

At Bonn Climate Talks, Stakes Get Higher in Gamble on Planet’s Future
This year’s United Nations climate talks have wrapped up, and there were few signs that countries are inclined to take urgent action.

Sat, 18 Nov 2017 09:33:10 -0500

What Happened (and Didn’t) at the Bonn Climate Talks
The 23rd United Nations climate talks ended early Saturday, kicking most big issues down the road until 2018.

Sat, 18 Nov 2017 00:47:39 -0500

Island Nations, With No Time to Lose, Take Climate Response Into Their Own Hands
Island states that are least responsible for global emissions but most vulnerable to storms and rising seas are looking outside the United Nations process for aid.

Fri, 17 Nov 2017 11:41:15 -0500

Angela Merkel’s Coalition Talks in Germany Go Into Overtime
The German chancellor and representatives of three other parties are expected to work into the weekend after contentious talks ended in deadlock.

Fri, 17 Nov 2017 07:39:57 -0500
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A Hershey kiss or a blob of paint? The Paint Torch outside the Pennsylvania Academy of Art in Philadelphia click here


Location of  Germany  (dark green)– in Europe  (green & dark grey)– in the European Union  (green)  –  [Legend]
Freiburg Synagogue, burned to the ground 1938, memorial footprint until now click here
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#Design4enterprises: The European Commission launched a 3-year programme of courses to support design driven innovation
A complete range of free training courses provided by the European Commission to discover how design-driven innovation can become the key to improve European SMEs competitiveness, efficiency and sustainability.

'A beacon in our scientific landscape'
The Minister-President of Bavaria, Horst Seehofer, opens the Diabetes Research Department at the Helmholtz Zentrum München – Leading role in German diabetes research – Strategic alliance with Munich’s Technical University Neuherberg, 16.11.

'Agriculture worldwide needs new solutions' Scientists call for urgent turnaround in weed-control research
Growing weed resistance in all major production areas of the world / More than 25-year lull in bringing herbicides with new modes of action to market Increased research in weed control is urgently required now to address the severe agricultural problems

'Aktion 42' – weightless bubbles propelled by sound
When German ESA astronaut Alexander Gerst flies to the ISS in May 2014, his daily work will include conducting experiments. One of these experiments will involve analysing how soap bubbles behave in a microgravity environment and whether sound waves can

'Autotech meets Biotech' - current status and outlook
Intensive cooperation between the engineering-driven sectors and the biotechnology sector is a prerequisite for driving forward automation in the field of biotechnology. The Engineering – Life Sciences – Automation (ELSA) cluster initiative of BioRegio

'Better' Hormones Through Diet and Exercise
Weight loss - by change in diet or in combination with physical exercise - has a positive impact on the production of adipose tissue hormones: Adipose cells produce less leptin but, instead, more adiponectin, which counteracts diabetes and cancer. These

'Casanova gene' in female songbirds
Females inherit "infidelity gene" from their fathers It is assumed that many bird species are monogamous, yet infidelity is a widespread phenomenon. The advantage for the male seems obvious as in this way he can increase the number of his offspring.

'Der heilige Zeitgeist'
Developments in Protestant theology during the Weimar Republic Few epochs in the history of modern German Protestantism have been scrutinized as intensely as the 14 years for which the Weimar Republic lasted. Scholarly monographs on the most influential

'Energiewende' by Pushing a Button
Siemens/KIT Alliance Increases Quality and Reduces Costs of the Production of Lithium-Ion Batteries for Solar and Wind Power Storage and Electric Vehicles With the help of modern automation systems, even highly complex production plants can be operated

'Excellence in Research'- a German-Canadian Conference on Academic Exchange
The prospects of German-Canadian academic exchange will be the focus of expert discussions from 2 - 4 November 2012 in Toronto. Politicians, Scientists and University Representatives from Canada and Germany will be taking part in the interdisciplinary

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 Meltdown: Everyone Loses in Coalition Collapse
After the collapse of the German coalition talks, the blame game has already begun. Yet all the parties bear responsibility for how the negotiations failed.

Mon, 20 Nov 2017 12:47:00 +0100

Collapsed Coalition Talks: What's Next for Merkel and Germany?
German Chancellor Angela Merkel's attempts to assemble a governing coalition collapsed on Sunday night. Much of the blame is falling on the shoulders of the business-friendly Free Democrats, but what happens next?

Mon, 20 Nov 2017 12:13:00 +0100

The Future of the SPD: Martin Schulz Faces a Fight for Survival
Germany's Social Democrats had a grim result in this year's federal elections. Now chancellor candidate Martin Schulz is battling for re-election as SPD chairman. His quest isn't just about power, it's also about his legacy.

Fri, 17 Nov 2017 18:18:37 +0100

Germany's Next Government: Coalition Talks Go Into Overtime
Exploratory talks on forming a new government were supposed to have finished in Berlin on Thursday night. Instead, they have hit a wall, with parties continuing to squabble over key issues. Whether or not Angela Merkel can put together an alliance and avert fresh elections is becoming unclear.

Fri, 17 Nov 2017 14:53:00 +0100

A Country, Still Divided: Why Is the Former East Germany Tilting Populist?
The Berlin Wall fell 28 years ago, yet vast divisions remain between the former East and West of the country. In the recent election, the populist AfD party did particularly well in the eastern states. But why? By DER SPIEGEL staff

Fri, 17 Nov 2017 10:19:19 +0100

Wolfgang Kubicki on Tax Havens: 'We Can Solve the Problem Unilaterally'
Wolfgang Kubicki of the business-friendly Free Democrats could end up being Germany's next finance minister. He spoke with DER SPIEGEL about what should be done about tax havens in the EU and further afield.

Fri, 10 Nov 2017 18:06:06 +0100

Hot Air in Germany: Coalition Talks Stalling on Climate Targets
Germany is way behind on its emissions reduction goals, but coalition talks currently underway in Berlin aren't likely to help. Instead of embracing the shift to renewables as an economic opportunity, wariness of future technologies remains.

Fri, 03 Nov 2017 18:12:23 +0100

Germany's Next Government: Coalition Talks Hit Finance Ministry Snag
The business-friendly Free Democrats want the Finance Ministry, but Merkel's conservatives don't want to let it go. Now, plans are afoot to shrink its powers if the FDP insists. The disagreement could torpedo coalition talks.

Fri, 27 Oct 2017 18:35:03 +0200

Right-Wing Unpopulists: Germany's AfD Struggling to Find Staffers in Berlin
The Alternative for Germany managed to make its way into German parliament. But now, the right-wing populists are struggling to find experienced staffers willing to work for them. The party has turned to headhunters and "bounties" to fill the gap.

Fri, 27 Oct 2017 18:33:11 +0200

Joschka Fischer on Rise of the AfD: 'We Know How This Movie Ends'
Former German foreign minister and Green Party veteran Joschka Fischer speaks to DER SPIEGEL about the threat posed by the right-wing populist party AfD and the prospects of the country's next government.

Wed, 25 Oct 2017 16:21:03 +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.