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Audi to Modify Up to 850,000 Diesel Vehicles as Carmakers Face Backlash
The German automaker, along with its rivals Daimler and BMW, is trying to fend off inquiries related to the emissions scandal.

Fri, 21 Jul 2017 09:27:57 -0500

Siemens Stops Turbine Sales to Russia in Sanctions Dispute
The German company has accused a Russian customer of moving power generation machinery to the disputed territory of Crimea against its wishes.

Fri, 21 Jul 2017 08:57:18 -0500

Will the Russians Hack Germany, Too?
They’ll probably try. But here’s why it won’t matter.

Fri, 21 Jul 2017 07:34:00 -0500

Trump Picks Richard Grenell, Former Diplomatic Aide, as Envoy to Germany
Mr. Grenell, who worked for President George W. Bush and Senator John McCain, would be the first openly gay appointee in the Trump administration.

Thu, 20 Jul 2017 19:43:43 -0500

Turkey’s Arrest of German Activist Heightens Nations’ Tensions
Germany urged its citizens to exercise caution when traveling to Turkey and warned that it might cut off export insurance guarantees and other economic aid.

Thu, 20 Jul 2017 16:01:04 -0500

Israeli Student’s Use of Auschwitz Artifacts in an Art Exhibit Prompts a Furor
The student, Rotem Bides, acknowledged collecting items during visits to the former concentration camp, but then denied that they came from within the site.

Wed, 19 Jul 2017 16:08:48 -0500

Citigroup Said to Open Frankfurt Hub as Banks Consider Post-‘Brexit’ Moves
The American bank is the latest financial company to announce plans to open a European Union outpost in preparation for a future after Britain leaves the bloc.

Wed, 19 Jul 2017 12:53:54 -0500

‘Culture of Silence’ Abetted Abuse of at Least 547 German Choir Boys, Inquiry Finds
The children suffered physical and sexual abuse at the music school whose famed Regensburg Cathedral boys choir was directed for decades by Pope Benedict XVI’s brother.

Tue, 18 Jul 2017 15:27:35 -0500
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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
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'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
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'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
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'Casanova gene' in female songbirds
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'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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Chaos at the G-20: How Hamburg Failed to Protect Its Citizens
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Fri, 14 Jul 2017 18:06:10 +0200

Lasting Questions from Hamburg: Was the G-20 Summit Really Worth It?
The Hamburg summit is over. Overshadowed by the violence on the streets outside, Angela Merkel and the rest of the G-20 leaders managed to find mini-compromises on major issues. But the question remains: Was it worth it?

Sat, 08 Jul 2017 22:17:00 +0200

The G-20 in Hamburg: A Look Back at the Summit
Reports, interviews and analysis: Take a look back at highlights of our coverage of this week's G-20 summit, which brought leaders of the world's leading industrialized countries to Hamburg to discuss the most pressing issues of our time.

Sat, 08 Jul 2017 21:27:00 +0200

Black Friday: Hamburg's G-20 Security Failure
Stores were looted, cars burned and bands of anarchists marauded through the streets. At times, the police were completely overwhelmed by the scale of violence at the G-20 summit in Hamburg. What went wrong?

Sat, 08 Jul 2017 18:52:00 +0200

Don't Conflate Demonstrators with Rioters: Legitimate Protest Is More Important than Ever
Black-masked rioters left behind a trail of destruction in Hamburg on Friday night -- and showed that they are only interested in violence. But real political protest is more important than ever.

Sat, 08 Jul 2017 15:45:00 +0200

Open Break: Climate Disagreement Clouding G-20 Summit
The U.S. is isolated when it comes to climate change at the G-20 -- and it is a disagreement that will likely be mentioned in the summit's closing declaration, SPIEGEL has learned.

Fri, 07 Jul 2017 20:02:00 +0200

G20 Protests: Police Opt for Brute Force in Hamburg
The police stopped the "Welcome to Hell" demo on Thursday night with brute force. Both sides escalated the situation, with some police action sparking panic in the crowds.

Fri, 07 Jul 2017 17:07:00 +0200

Germany Approves Gay Marriage: Next Stop Constitutional Court?
On Friday, German parliament passed a law paving the way for gay marriage. But the language of the country's constitution could lead to a serious legal challenge. It may be too soon to celebrate. By SPIEGEL Staff

Fri, 30 Jun 2017 18:44:00 +0200

Cultural Conundrum: What Does It Mean To Be a Hamburger?
As Germany prepares for next week's G-20 summit, the world has its eyes on Hamburg. The city has seen a decline in the port culture that put it on the map, but the recent success of its spectacular new concert hall has forced many residents to reflect anew on what it means to be a Hamburger.

Mon, 26 Jun 2017 17:18:30 +0200

The Last Act: A Raging Battle over Kohl's Legacy
For years, Helmut Kohl's second wife held a tight grip over his legacy. With his passing now, she is pushing for an EU state funeral rather than a national one -- and even considered not inviting any German leaders to speak. A major dispute is expected over the estate of one of Europe's most distinguished politicians.

Fri, 23 Jun 2017 18:46:56 +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.