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German Defense Spending Is Falling Even Shorter. The U.S. Isn’t Happy.
Germany had already pulled back from its NATO spending target. Now it expects to fall below even that slimmed-down figure. The timing could not be worse.

Tue, 19 Mar 2019 21:34:16 GMT


Merkel Staying Out of Merger Talks Between Germany’s Top Banks
A potential merger between Deutsche Bank and Commerzbank is a private economic affair and the government should stay out of it, Chancellor Angela Merkel said.

Tue, 19 Mar 2019 17:10:50 GMT


German Home Buyers Look East to Dresden, Leipzig and Beyond
As Germany’s real estate sector booms, buyers are looking for value in eastern cities, driving prices higher.

Mon, 18 Mar 2019 09:00:08 GMT


Deutsche Bank and Commerzbank, Germany’s 2 Biggest Lenders, Hold Merger Talks
The negotiations are aimed at creating a national champion to take on Wall Street giants, but it is unclear whether a deal would solve either companies’ problems.

Sun, 17 Mar 2019 13:50:06 GMT


Germany Sets Guidelines for Repatriating Colonial-Era Artifacts
Officials say the pact will ensure that objects taken from former colonies are returned to their rightful owners. But critics say German museums have a long way to go.

Fri, 15 Mar 2019 15:15:35 GMT


Volkswagen C.E.O., After Echoing Nazi Slogan, Apologizes
Speaking about profits at a company event this week, Herbert Diess said, “Ebit macht frei,” echoing the slogan “Arbeit macht frei,” or “Work sets you free.”

Thu, 14 Mar 2019 19:09:38 GMT


Restoring a Corner of Dresden’s Royal Past
At Tefaf, a peek into rebuilt state apartments soon to open, decades after the German city was destroyed by Allied bombs.

Thu, 14 Mar 2019 04:00:07 GMT


Volkswagen Moves to Rapidly Increase Production of Electric Cars
The German carmaker, responsible for 1 percent of global carbon dioxide emissions, also said it would be carbon neutral by 2050.

Tue, 12 Mar 2019 19:01:47 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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The Climate Activist vs. the Economics Minister: 'My Generation Has Been Fooled'
Luisa Neubauer, the German face of the global movement spurred by Swedish activist Greta Thunberg, debates the student climate strikes with German Economics Minister Peter Altmaier.

Tue, 19 Mar 2019 13:49:00 +0100


Chancellor Speculation: Merkel May Be in Office Longer Than You Think
Angela Merkel has led the current grand coalition government in Berlin for a year now. There has been considerable speculation recently that she may not last through her fourth term. But there is more to suggest she will remain in office than step down.

Fri, 15 Mar 2019 16:19:00 +0100


A Migration Nightmare: Why Germany's Deportation System Is Failing Everyone
As Germany tries to crack down on rejected asylum-seekers and criminal refugees, its civil servants are constrained by the limits of a dysfunctional system. Whether refugee, police officer or office clerk, almost everyone involved has something to complain about. By DER SPIEGEL Staff

Tue, 12 Mar 2019 12:37:35 +0100


Morals vs. Pragmatism: German Ban on Arms Exports to Saudis Spurs Pushback
Germany's ruling parties are at odds over the decision to ban all German arms experts to Saudi Arabia in the wake of the Jamal Khashoggi killing. While some argue it is a question of values, others worry it is undermining European cooperation. By DER SPIEGEL Staff

Wed, 06 Mar 2019 18:32:00 +0100


Interview with EPP Lead Candidate Manfred Weber: 'Viktor Orbán Is Following the Wrong Political Path'
Manfred Weber, lead candidate for the conservative European People's Party in the upcoming European election, sees the right-wing populists as a significant threat as the campaign begins. But in Viktor Orbán, he has a populist firebrand in his own ranks.

Fri, 01 Mar 2019 19:12:01 +0100


Germany's Conundrum: What to Do with Islamic State Returnees?
Dozens of Germans who fought for Islamic State are in prison in northern Syria. Among them are alleged murderers and torturers, but also women and children. The German government lacks a coherent plan for dealing with them. By DER SPIEGEL Staff

Mon, 25 Feb 2019 17:26:24 +0100


The Merkel Stain: Chancellor Unwelcome in Upcoming Campaigns
Chancellor Angela Merkel may still be the most popular politician in Germany. But with state elections looming this year in eastern Germany, she is not a welcome guest on the campaign trail. She remains persona non grata in the east.

Thu, 21 Feb 2019 16:31:17 +0100


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
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.