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At Axel Springer, Allegations of Sex, Lies and a Secret Payment
A high-flying German media giant is ahead on digital media but seems stuck in the past when it comes to the workplace and deal-making.

Mon, 18 Oct 2021 18:15:07 +0000

A Conductor’s Impossible Legacy
The sublime artistry of Wilhelm Furtwängler collided with his role as de facto chief conductor of the Nazi regime.

Thu, 14 Oct 2021 13:34:21 +0000

On Masks and Covid, I Found Common Sense in Germany
A look at life in Germany, where common-sense Covid measures aren’t politicized.

Wed, 13 Oct 2021 21:49:33 +0000

As Europe Faces a Cold Winter, Putin Seizes on the Leverage From Russia’s Gas Output
Critics claim Russia is manipulating the flow of gas to push up prices, but for Vladimir Putin it’s schadenfreude over Western European nations that he sees as unprepared.

Wed, 13 Oct 2021 20:46:08 +0000

Putin Suggests Germany Approve Nord Stream 2 to Solve Energy Crisis
In his most direct comments to date on the contentious Russian pipeline, President Vladimir V. Putin called it an “obvious” way to relieve Europe’s soaring natural gas prices.

Wed, 13 Oct 2021 20:32:54 +0000

How Germany's Economy Is Hurt by Supply Chain Shortages
Europe’s largest economy is particularly vulnerable to shortages of key parts and raw materials because of its dependence on exports.

Tue, 12 Oct 2021 14:59:59 +0000

Anti-Nobel Sentiment Spawns Alternative Awards Over Time
Some authoritarian countries have created their own anti-Nobel awards.

Fri, 08 Oct 2021 21:58:04 +0000

Germany’s Coalition Dating Game Starts to Get Serious
The Social Democrats and two other parties took the first step toward forming the first three-party coalition since the 1950s, but resolving their differences will be hard.

Thu, 07 Oct 2021 21:04:45 +0000
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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]
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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 Post-Merkel Era: German Conservatives Need to Take a Step Back
After 16 years in government and a disastrous election result, German conservatives have lost their way. It is time to stop pretending that they can be part of the next government and begin the process of renewal.

Sat, 2 Oct 2021 00:35:49 +0200

The Success of the AfD: Why Is the Right Wing So Strong in Eastern Germany?
The right-wing radical party AfD emerged from last Sunday's election as the strongest political force in the eastern German states of Saxony and Thuringia. What did the mainstream parties do wrong?

Fri, 1 Oct 2021 17:33:00 +0200

German Chancellor Frontrunner Olaf Scholz: “I Want To Make the World a Better Place”
In an interview with DER SPIEGEL, Olaf Scholz of the Social Democrats, the front-runner to become Germany’s next chancellor, discusses his plan to create a stable government and reveals what he has in common with Angela Merkel.

Fri, 1 Oct 2021 15:33:33 +0200

Germany's Kingmakers: Difficult Talks Ahead for Greens and Free Democrats
The Green Party and the business-friendly Free Democrats plan to hold exploratory talks with each other before meeting with the main chancellor candidates in the coming days. They appear to be worlds apart but are already finding some common ground.

Tue, 28 Sep 2021 17:55:15 +0200

Germany's AfD Bickers over Future Direction: The Radical Right Loses Ground
The right-wing populist party AfD sought to paper over its deep split between the moderate and extremist wings for the campaign. Now that the party won fewer votes than expected, that divide is once again front and center.

Tue, 28 Sep 2021 17:22:14 +0200

What Election Disaster?: The Odd Parallel Universe of Armin Laschet
Armin Laschet, the chancellor candidate from Angela Merkel's CDU, refuses to accept his defeat. In his world, he can still become Germany's next leader.

Tue, 28 Sep 2021 11:43:02 +0200

German Voters Punish Merkel's Party in an Election Without a Clear Victor
As expected, German voters declined to choose a clear victor on Sunday, setting the stage for a difficult search for a governing coalition. Angela Merkel's CDU suffered an abysmal result while the Social Democrats have new life. Ultimately, though, two other parties will play kingmaker.

Mon, 27 Sep 2021 18:08:33 +0200

German Officials Fear Increase in Pandemic-Fueled Radicalism in Wake of Murder
A man arrested for shooting and killing a 20-year-old gas station cashier last week appears to have been influenced by far-right ideologies and conspiracy theories. Security officials worry that a scene that denies the coronavirus is growing increasingly radical.

Fri, 24 Sep 2021 16:50:23 +0200

An Opportunity Lost: How Germany's Green Party Went from Top to Flop
This spring, the Green Party was soaring in the polls and it even looked as though their candidate, Annalena Baerbock, could become chancellor. But then, it all fell apart. What happened?

Thu, 23 Sep 2021 15:45:37 +0200

Interview with Merkel’s Former Foreign Policy Adviser: “I Have Eliminated the ‘West’ from My Vocabulary”
Christoph Heusgen served for 12 years as Angela Merkel’s top foreign policy adviser. In an interview, he speaks about the chancellor’s successes, mistakes, the amateurish nature of Donald Trump’s government and the right approach to an ascendant China.

Thu, 23 Sep 2021 12:45:37 +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.