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International Powers Call for Cease-Fire in Libya’s Long Civil War
After a Berlin meeting, Russia, Turkey and other countries pledged to end their interference in the North African nation to make way for peace efforts.

Sun, 19 Jan 2020 20:07:17 GMT


Why Europe Is Finally Paying Attention to Libya
As potential oil and gas bonanzas intensify the jockeying over Libya and the fate of its precarious internationally backed government hangs in the balance, the Continent is suddenly getting involved.

Fri, 17 Jan 2020 17:40:16 GMT


How Hard Is It to Quit Coal? For Germany, 18 Years and $44 Billion
The 18-year time frame shows how costly and politically complicated it is to leave the world's dirtiest fossil fuel in the ground.

Thu, 16 Jan 2020 19:56:02 GMT


Germany Investigates 3 Suspected of Spying for China
Raids were carried out on the homes and offices of the three people, at a time when Berlin faces pressure over Huawei, the Chinese company that the U.S. has labeled a national security risk.

Thu, 16 Jan 2020 18:40:01 GMT


In Huawei Battle, China Threatens Germany ‘Where It Hurts’: Automakers
VW, Daimler and BMW sell more cars in China than anywhere else and many already cooperate with Huawei — a dependency Beijing is not shy to exploit.

Thu, 16 Jan 2020 10:05:14 GMT


In Germany, a Jewish Millennial Argues That the Past Isn’t Past
Max Czollek, whose first nonfiction book is a rebuttal to calls for integration, believes that his country must face its history with more honesty — and that those who are singled out shouldn’t try to fit in.

Thu, 16 Jan 2020 10:00:18 GMT


Iran’s President Lashes Out at Europeans Over Crumbling Nuclear Deal
With the government in Tehran under pressure, President Hassan Rouhani warned that European troops could be in “danger.”

Wed, 15 Jan 2020 11:41:12 GMT


France, Germany and U.K. Serve Notice on Iran Under Nuclear Deal
The European nations triggered a dispute mechanism in the 2015 pact, a first step toward reimposing United Nations sanctions.

Tue, 14 Jan 2020 11:38:33 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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Germany's Greens Hit Adulthood
Once self-identified as the "anti-party party," Germany's Greens now have aspirations of moving into the Chancellery before long. At age 40, their story is one of astonishing success -- and change.

Thu, 16 Jan 2020 15:31:03 +0100


American Withdraws from Trial after Questions about His Background
An American witness in a Holocaust trial drew global attention after making a conciliatory gesture to a concentration camp guard. After questions about whether the joint plaintiff had even been held in a concentration camp, he has now withdrawn from the proceedings.

Tue, 14 Jan 2020 12:11:35 +0100


Germany: The Concentration Camp Victim Who Never Was
A supposed former prisoner at Stutthof concentration camp attracted attention around the world when he hugged a man accused of being a former guard during his criminal trial and offered his forgiveness. The story seemed too good to be true -- and it was.

Tue, 14 Jan 2020 11:28:26 +0100


'The "Gypsy" Stereotype Affects Us All'
Germany's Sinti and Roma are a diverse minority that have little more in common than their negative image in society. We asked four young people from the ethnic group to share their stories.

Thu, 9 Jan 2020 14:55:00 +0100


Germany Struggles To Define Limits of What Can Be Said
A debate over the limits of free speech is exploding in Germany, with the left and the right seeking to outdo each other. The political debate has grown intense in this polarized country, but it's also more vital than ever. By DER SPIEGEL Staff

Fri, 8 Nov 2019 13:56:00 +0100


German Government Clash over NATO 2-Percent Goal
U.S. President Donald Trump has been extremely critical of German defense spending. But in a midterm government report, Finance Minister Olaf Scholz successfully prevented an explicit pledge to increase the defense budget.

Thu, 7 Nov 2019 18:07:00 +0100


Fridays for Horsepower: German Motorists Oppose Fridays for Future
Motorists in Germany are banding together to oppose climate activists' calls to limit the use of cars. Politicians are taking them seriously because, unlike the Fridays for Future movement and its leader Greta Thunberg, most members of the Fridays for Horsepower group can vote. By SPIEGEL Staff

Tue, 15 Oct 2019 14:56:00 +0200


Far-Right Terrorism in Germany: Shooting Exposes Lapses in Security Apparatus
The 27-year-old German man who went on a shooting spree during the Yom Kippur holiday was out to kill Jews. He apparently self-radicalized in the darkest corners of the internet, beyond the reach of police or intelligence officials, who are woefully unprepared for this new breed of terrorism. By DER SPIEGEL Staff

Fri, 11 Oct 2019 20:29:52 +0200


Possible Russian State Involvement in Berlin Murder
The murder of a Georgian man in Berlin is attracting international attention. DER SPIEGEL and its reporting partners have new information indicating that the crime could in fact have been commissioned by the Russian state.

Wed, 2 Oct 2019 17:03:16 +0200


Vanishing Monasteries in Germany: The Last of the Monks
Religious orders in Germany are disappearing because so few people want to dedicate their entire lives to God anymore. Some monasteries and convents find novel ways to make money and survive, but even their days are numbered.

Thu, 19 Sep 2019 10:58:47 +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.