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Why Send Germany a Statue of Marx? The Chinese Have Some Ideas
Is it to reinvigorate Communism in the state that birthed, then repudiated, the idea? Or just a chance to return defective goods? Online, it’s anyone’s guess.

Sun, 21 May 2017 18:22:13 -0500

Taliban Launch Rocket Attack and Kill at Least 20 Afghan Police Officers
The attacks capped another bloody week in Afghanistan, during which a German woman and Afghan guard were killed and a Finnish national was kidnapped.

Sun, 21 May 2017 05:30:13 -0500

Running Free in Germany’s Outdoor Preschools
Without toys and largely unsupervised, children climb and cook and howl like wolves in the wilderness.

Thu, 18 May 2017 13:21:57 -0500

Robin Hood Forest Kindergarten
The Berlin-based preschool is one of 1,500 so-called waldkitas in Germany, most of which have opened in the last 15 years.

Thu, 18 May 2017 13:20:53 -0500

Berlin Truck Attacker Had Been Flagged as a High-Level Drug Dealer
The city’s police are accused of missing a chance to arrest Anis Amri weeks before he killed 12 people at a Christmas market, and of a cover-up.

Thu, 18 May 2017 08:00:26 -0500

‘Vulnerable Voices’ Lash Out as Companies Sway Climate Talks
Developing nations and environmental groups condemned the presence of corporate lobbyists at a climate change talk session in Germany, but the United States defended it.

Tue, 16 May 2017 18:01:15 -0500

Speak Up for Europe and Win
Emmanuel Macron’s victory in France proved that politicians who offer a positive vision for the E.U. can succeed. But time is running out.

Tue, 16 May 2017 06:17:41 -0500

Horst Mahler, German Holocaust Denier, Is Arrested in Hungary
Mr. Mahler, 81, is a former Marxist urban guerrilla who became an activist on the extreme right.

Mon, 15 May 2017 10:03:19 -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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State Election Debacle: What's Wrong With Germany's Green Party
Germany's once high-flying Green Party is foundering in many states. After a disastrous election result in North Rhine-Westphalia, the party is promising change, but it may come too late for September's national poll.

Mon, 15 May 2017 16:47:29 +0200

North Rhine-Westfailing: State Election Loss Has Merkel Challenger on the Ropes
The state election on Sunday in North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany's most populous state, was supposed to give Martin Schulz's chancellor candidacy a needed boost. But his party, the Social Democrats, lost to Merkel's CDU. The road ahead looks bumpy.

Mon, 15 May 2017 13:08:00 +0200

Interview with Wolfgang Schäuble: 'We All Wish Macron Success'
In an interview, German Finance Minister Wolfgang Schäuble, a member of Chancellor Merkel's Christian Democrats, says he believes the reform proposals of French president-elect Emmanuel Macron are currently unrealistic. But he also says he wants to see greater investment in Europe.

Fri, 12 May 2017 18:35:03 +0200

Integration by the Numbers: Germany's Ongoing Project to Welcome Its Refugees
More than 1.2 million refugees came to Germany in 2015 and 2016. Initially, the country greeted them with chaos and poor planning, but the situation has improved. DER SPIEGEL took a closer look at how the project of integration is going. By SPIEGEL Staff

Fri, 12 May 2017 10:51:00 +0200

Right-Wing Populist Doldrums: Germany's AfD Limps into Election Campaign
Following months of ballot box success, the right-wing populist Alternative for Germany party is suddenly sliding. And more bad news may be on the horizon. The party is hoping for a resurgence of the refugee crisis, but even that might not be enough.

Tue, 09 May 2017 15:29:00 +0200

SPD Doldrums: State Election Loss Spells Trouble for Schulz Candidacy
In February, Social Democratic chancellor candidate Martin Schulz was riding a wave of popularity. Now, his party has lost two state elections in a row and another state vote is looming on Sunday. Can he get his campaign back on track?

Mon, 08 May 2017 13:30:00 +0200

The Global Chancellor: How Merkel Got Her Groove Back
When Chancellor Merkel announced her re-election bid last November, it seemed as though she didn't really want the job. Recently, however, she has rediscovered her drive -- and is convinced that her experience is vital in these uncertain times.

Fri, 05 May 2017 19:08:53 +0200

The New Face of the AfD: How Far to the Right Is Alice Weidel?
The lead candidate for the Alternative for Germany in this fall's parliamentary elections doesn't have a resume typical of a right-wing populist. She has worked for Goldman Sachs and lives as an openly gay woman. How will her cosmopolitan background jibe with the party's nationalist message?

Thu, 04 May 2017 18:18:35 +0200

Eroding Friendship: German-Israeli Relations Take a Turn for the Worse
This week's diplomatic row over German Foreign Minister Sigmar Gabriel's visit to Israel is indicative of growing mistrust between the two governments. But it's unusual for tensions between the two countries to be this open.

Fri, 28 Apr 2017 18:26:00 +0200

Refugee and Soldier: The Double Life of a Right-Wing Terror Suspect
A suspected right-wing extremist German army officer is thought to have been planning an attack. As part of his preparation, he registered as a refugee from Syria. Now, Franco A. has been arrested in a perplexing case full of riddles.

Fri, 28 Apr 2017 12:34:00 +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.