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Pilot’s Coffee Spill Forced Trans-Atlantic Flight to Turn Around, an Inquiry Shows
The Condor airlines flight from Frankfurt to Cancún was carrying 337 people when it was diverted to Ireland, investigators said.

Sat, 14 Sep 2019 01:25:16 GMT

The Concept Cars Gleam, but Executive Dread Clouds the Frankfurt Auto Show
Trade war, technology shifts and a global downturn are putting “unprecedented” pressure on automakers. Sustainability is now about survival.

Fri, 13 Sep 2019 19:59:34 GMT

Frederic Pryor, Player in ‘Bridge of Spies’ Case, Dies at 86
Arrested and jailed on an espionage charge in East Berlin in 1961, Mr. Pryor, an economics student, became part of a famous prisoner exchange.

Wed, 11 Sep 2019 15:39:11 GMT

Un neonazi ganó una alcaldía en Alemania
Stefan Jagsch, subdirector estatal de un partido de ultraderecha nacionalista, fue elegido por el concejo distrital; ahora se evalúa si se debe revertir su nombramiento.

Wed, 11 Sep 2019 13:00:05 GMT

Neo-Nazi Appointed District Mayor in Germany
Stefan Jagsch, the deputy state leader of an extreme-right party, was appointed because no one else wanted the job. He’s also the only one who does email, said a member of the board.

Mon, 09 Sep 2019 21:44:01 GMT

A ’70s-Era Stuttgart Apartment That Remains the Same
Hans-Dieter Lutz’s home is a lasting tribute to German neo-Modernism — and to the fanciful but functional legacy of one of its leading architects.

Mon, 09 Sep 2019 17:00:09 GMT

Before 1st Day of School, a Quiz on How to Use Your Giant Schoolbag
As students all over the world begin new school terms, German pupils’ experiences are rooted in special rites and a philosophy that teaches independence.

Sun, 08 Sep 2019 15:55:13 GMT

Las tendencias suicidas de Europa
La Unión Europea no es la solución a todos los problemas del continente, pero su balance es positivo. Sus logros bastan para entender que sus detractores están del lado equivocado de la historia.

Sun, 08 Sep 2019 14:00:05 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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Alternative for Democracy: The AfD's Ongoing Slide toward Right-Wing Extremism
In recent state elections, the right-wing populist party Alternative for Germany won almost a quarter of the votes. It was primarily radical candidates from the right-wing fringe who emerged triumphant. The party is continuing its slide into extremism. By DER SPIEGEL Staff

Thu, 12 Sep 2019 17:52:00 +0200

Saving Food Waste: A Crash Course in Dumpster Diving
Taking food out of supermarket dumpsters is illegal in Germany. But the practice is growing in popularity. Even as some stores try to keep the dumpster divers away, those interested can sign up for courses in "beginner diving."

Mon, 02 Sep 2019 13:03:47 +0200

Brandenburg Elections: Leading German Populist Has Extremist Background
The right-wing populist party Alternative for Germany (AfD) insists that it has nothing to do with neo-Nazis. But its lead candidate in the state of Brandenburg, where voters will cast their ballots on Sunday, has deep extremist roots.

Fri, 30 Aug 2019 16:20:31 +0200

Economic Downturn: Germany May Abandon Its Beloved Black Zero
Chancellor Angela Merkel is still clinging to her policy of a balanced budget, but it is becoming increasingly clear that Germany's economic downturn could soon usher in a return to deficit spending. Government ministries are already signaling a willingness to abandoned years of cautious fiscal policy.

Thu, 22 Aug 2019 14:06:00 +0200

Radio Silence: German-U.S. Ties Are Breaking Down
Never since the founding of postwar Germany have relations between Berlin and the United States been as fragile as they are today. There is virtual radio silence between Chancellor Angela Merkel and President Donald Trump and U.S. Ambassador Richard Grenell is doing more to agitate the situation than to mediate.

Wed, 21 Aug 2019 12:38:00 +0200

Murder in Frankfurt: The Struggle to Find Answers to Random Crime
On Monday, an eight-year-old boy got pushed in front of a train in Frankfurt and died. The crime has horrified the entire country and right-wing populists have sought to instrumentalize it. But can such acts of violence really be prevented? By DER SPIEGEL Staff

Fri, 02 Aug 2019 18:01:00 +0200

To Russia With Love: Relations with Moscow Emerge as German Election Issue
With elections looming in three former East German states this fall, many leading politicians see rapprochement with Russia as a winning campaign strategy. But this perspective puts them in direct confrontation with Chancellor Angela Merkel's government in Berlin.

Mon, 29 Jul 2019 18:18:00 +0200

The Huawei Dilemma: Resistance to Chinese Mobile Provider Grows Among Conservatives
In Germany, the debate is growing in conservative political circles as to whether it should prohibit Chinese network equipment provider Huawei from helping to build the country's 5G network. But at the moment, Berlin doesn't really have any other choice.

Fri, 26 Jul 2019 09:43:26 +0200

Far-Right AfD: Germany's Populist Party Embraces Its Extremist Wing
The far-right fringe of Germany's populist Alternative for Germany party is gaining ground. Politicians in the party who once opposed the wing and its leader, Björn Höcke, have abandoned their resistance and are taking steps to embrace the extremists.

Fri, 12 Jul 2019 19:16:00 +0200

The Road to Brussels: Does Von der Leyen Have a Chance as Commission President?
The nomination of German Defense Minister Ursula von der Leyen as European Commission president came as a surprise. And many are unhappy. It not only undermines efforts to make the EU more democratic, but she may not be confirmed.

Fri, 05 Jul 2019 18:00:02 +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.