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Dissident Artist Ai Weiwei Is Cut From Film; Producer Cites ‘Fear of China’
A segment directed by Mr. Ai, a vocal critic of the Chinese government, was dropped from “Berlin, I Love You,” under what producers described as pressure from investors and distributors.

Tue, 19 Feb 2019 14:23:55 GMT


Europe to Mike Pence: No, Thank You
The Trump administration manages to turn Germans into Gaullists, ready to flirt with Russia and contemplate strategic independence.

Mon, 18 Feb 2019 18:53:59 GMT


For Wall Street Banks in London, It’s Moving Time
One thing is clear about the legacy of Brexit: Financial services will be spread across Europe, with no one city again dominating the financial arena as London has.

Sun, 17 Feb 2019 18:14:25 GMT


Rift Between Trump and Europe Is Now Open and Angry
Europeans pushed back against the Trump administration’s unilateralism at the Munich Security Conference, signaling a shift that is likely to be exploited by Russia and China.

Sun, 17 Feb 2019 14:38:37 GMT


Among European Allies, Americans Offer Competing Visions
Remarks by the current vice president and his predecessor defined the dramatic change in American foreign policy that has unnerved traditional allies.

Sat, 16 Feb 2019 17:48:18 GMT


Merkel Rejects U.S. Demands That Europe Pull Out of Iran Nuclear Deal
Chancellor Angela Merkel of Germany delivered a spirited defense of multilateral institutions in a world increasingly marked by great power rivalry.

Sat, 16 Feb 2019 15:12:04 GMT


Munich or a Requiem for the West
It's no longer worth pretending Trump is not in the authoritarian camp. The shock has passed. European powers are thinking again.

Fri, 15 Feb 2019 20:25:58 GMT


Students Skip School Across Europe to Demand Climate Action
In cities including Berlin, London and Paris, young protesters took to the streets to urge their leaders to combat climate change.

Fri, 15 Feb 2019 18:15:40 GMT
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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

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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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Archive Debate: Angela Merkel Quits Facebook -- And Raises Concerns
Angela Merkel's decision to take her Facebook account, with its 2.5 million followers, offline has baffled some members of the German government and raised questions about whether her decision will obscure an important part of the historical record.

Fri, 08 Feb 2019 18:00:22 +0100


Broken Bond: The Little-Known Tragedy of Forced Adoptions in East Germany
The East German state had a habit of taking children from politically undesirable parents and giving them up for adoption. It is a horrific aspect of the communist regime that has never received the attention it deserves. That may now be changing.

Thu, 07 Feb 2019 19:24:13 +0100


A Fateful Year: Can Germany's SPD Stop Its Long, Slow Decline?
Germany's Social Democratic Party was once the party of the working class and knew what it stood for. Lately, though, its lack of a coherent message has left it ineffectual and unpopular. This year will be critical for the SPD's survival.

Thu, 24 Jan 2019 16:35:49 +0100


German Right-Wing Populists: Domestic Intelligence Report Highlights AfD Extremism
German domestic intelligence officials have taken a closer look at the far-right fringe of the populist party Alternative for Germany. What they found is that the wing's leaders may pose a threat to democracy in the country.

Wed, 23 Jan 2019 11:54:20 +0100


Babylon Berlin: The German Capital at a Crossroads
Berlin is changing. That's nothing new, of course, but even as integration challenges have resulted in crime in some neighborhoods, others are trying to find ways to avoid the stasis that comes with gentrification. Success is uncertain.

Mon, 17 Dec 2018 10:34:00 +0100


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
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.