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Daydreaming in Germany
A violent storm erupts in a world “on the cusp of avoidable disaster.”

Tue, 17 Oct 2017 05:59:00 -0500

A Small Firm in Germany Has Big Ambitions in Green Energy
Consumers have spent about 190 billion euros on sources like wind and solar, which account for about one-third of the country’s electric power.

Tue, 17 Oct 2017 05:00:29 -0500

Can the E.U.’s Weakest Link Hold?
This is a difficult time for liberal democracy.

Tue, 17 Oct 2017 01:00:01 -0500

Volkswagen Avoids Effort to Beef Up Oversight in German State Election
Early returns show Social Democrats keeping power in Volkswagen’s stronghold. Challengers had sought a stronger hand after the emissions scandal.

Sun, 15 Oct 2017 15:08:15 -0500

European Leaders Criticize Trump’s Disavowal of Iran Deal
Some foreign leaders said it was not up to Mr. Trump to abide by the deal; others appealed to Congress to keep the agreement.

Fri, 13 Oct 2017 10:24:49 -0500

German Foreign Policy Experts Warn Against Anti-Americanism
A Parliament with more extreme parties could turn away from Washington because of President Trump, but Germany “needs the United States,” a manifesto warned.

Wed, 11 Oct 2017 23:00:16 -0500

‘In Spite of It All, America’
The following is an English translation of the document by a group of foreign-policy experts on German-American relations.

Wed, 11 Oct 2017 23:00:14 -0500

The Prophet of Germany’s New Right
From a tiny village in the country’s rural east, a leading nationalist intellectual builds a vision for the future of his movement across Europe.

Tue, 10 Oct 2017 05:00:06 -0500
Where is Lothar Blossfeld Dipl Physik? click here
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]
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
A complete range of free training courses provided by the European Commission to discover how design-driven innovation can become the key to improve European SMEs competitiveness, efficiency and sustainability.

'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
Growing weed resistance in all major production areas of the world / More than 25-year lull in bringing herbicides with new modes of action to market Increased research in weed control is urgently required now to address the severe agricultural problems

'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
Weight loss - by change in diet or in combination with physical exercise - has a positive impact on the production of adipose tissue hormones: Adipose cells produce less leptin but, instead, more adiponectin, which counteracts diabetes and cancer. These

'Casanova gene' in female songbirds
Females inherit "infidelity gene" from their fathers It is assumed that many bird species are monogamous, yet infidelity is a widespread phenomenon. The advantage for the male seems obvious as in this way he can increase the number of his offspring.

'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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Countering the Populists: Merkel Moves Left to Disarm the Right
Angela Merkel's response to the rise of the far-right AfD is to shift her party further to the left and position herself as the social conscience of the new coalition. But within her party, many have doubts about the strategy.

Wed, 18 Oct 2017 11:04:26 +0200

Seven Months with Martin Schulz: The Anatomy of a Failed Campaign
When he first announced his candidacy, ex-European Parliament President Martin Schulz rocketed upward in the opinion polls. But his slide was just as dramatic. DER SPIEGEL was with him throughout and provides a unique look from the inside of his doomed effort to unseat Angela Merkel.

Thu, 12 Oct 2017 16:08:49 +0200

Merkel's Challenge: Can Germany Make an Unwieldy Coalition Work?
With the Social Democrats uninterested in governing with Angela Merkel again, the chancellor is faced with the prospect of assembling a coalition involving four different political parties. The challenges are significant. By DER SPIEGEL Staff

Fri, 29 Sep 2017 18:12:00 +0200

Unwanted Colleagues: Other Parties Mull Best Way To Deal with AfD
The populist Alternative for Germany will soon be entering the country's parliament. It's a breakthrough for the far-right and the end of an era. The question now is whether lawmakers should sideline them -- or will that just make a difficult situation worse? BY DER SPIEGEL Staff

Tue, 26 Sep 2017 18:30:00 +0200

They're Here: How the AfD Steamrolled Germany's Mainstream Parties
Angela Merkel may have been re-elected to a fourth term in office, but the chancellor faces a tough road ahead: Significant setbacks for her conservatives combined with a strong right-wing populist showing and what promises to be an unwieldy governing coalition will test the country's political resilience. BY DER SPIEGEL Staff

Mon, 25 Sep 2017 19:39:25 +0200

Democracy at Stake: Germany's Slide to the Right
Chancellor Angela Merkel's Christian Democrats lost massive support in Sunday's parliamentary election while the right-wing populist performed better than expected. What happens now?

Mon, 25 Sep 2017 15:28:00 +0200

German Election 2017: How the AfD Steamrolled the CDU and SPD
Angela Merkel may have been re-elected, but the chancellor faces a tough road ahead: Big setbacks for her conservatives combined with a strong right-wing populist showing and what promises to be an unwieldy governing coalition will test the country's political resilience. Our full English-language election analysis.

Mon, 25 Sep 2017 12:47:00 +0200

Election Aftermath: A New Germany
The Alternative for Germany's entry into the German parliament is not normal -- it's an attack on our liberal democracy, one that all the other parties must fight. That's just one reason that going into opposition is the right decision by the Social Democrats.

Mon, 25 Sep 2017 00:10:00 +0200

The AfD in the Bundestag: A Populist Upheaval on the Right
The right-wing Alternative for Germany party is celebrating its first-ever seats in the German parliament and has vowed to shake up Berlin politics. But there are doubts as to whether the party can maintain discipline.

Mon, 25 Sep 2017 00:02:49 +0200

The Price of Success: Merkel Lands Fourth Term, But at What Cost?
Angela Merkel will serve as Germany's chancellor for a fourth term, but Sunday's win comes at a high price. The right-wing populists are now the third-strongest party in parliament and her negotiations to create a new government are likely to be complicated.

Mon, 25 Sep 2017 00:02:10 +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.