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Germany Places Far-Right AfD Party Under Surveillance for Extremism
It is the first time in Germany’s postwar history that a party represented in the federal Parliament has elicited this level of scrutiny as a potential threat to democracy.

Wed, 03 Mar 2021 12:13:35 +0000

The City Where Cars Are Not Welcome
As automakers promise to get rid of internal combustion engines, Heidelberg is trying to get rid of autos.

Tue, 02 Mar 2021 19:58:34 +0000

Criminal Inquiries Loom Over al-Assad’s Use of Chemical Arms in Syria
Investigations in France and Germany could lead to prosecutions of President Bashar al-Assad and members of his upper echelon over one of the Syrian war’s signature atrocities.

Tue, 02 Mar 2021 13:18:08 +0000

What Is Universal Jurisdiction?
Universal jurisdiction, the idea that any nation’s courts can try people for atrocities committed anywhere, has gained as a tool of human rights lawyers battling impunity.

Mon, 01 Mar 2021 04:10:20 +0000

Germans Clamor for Covid Vaccines, but Shun AstraZeneca’s Offering
Hundreds of thousands of AstraZeneca doses are sitting unopened as many Germans reject the vaccine over fears it is “second-class” compared to the one developed by BioNTech and Pfizer.

Sun, 28 Feb 2021 17:21:28 +0000

Will Anything Stop Putin’s Pet Project?
Nord Stream 2, a direct pipeline from Russia to Germany, isn’t going away. Neither is the clamor to cancel it.

Thu, 25 Feb 2021 10:00:11 +0000

Her New Life Started With a Robbery on a First Date
Nine months after she fled Syria, Maisam met Marvin in Germany. Their relationship gave her a surrogate family while she was separated from her own.

Wed, 24 Feb 2021 15:18:38 +0000

German Court Convicts Former Syrian Official of Crimes Against Humanity
Eyad al-Gharib, a former secret police officer, was sentenced to four and a half years in prison in a case that rights groups have hailed as a landmark.

Wed, 24 Feb 2021 12:39:58 +0000
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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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RT Germany: Berlin Fears Growing Influence of Russian Propaganda Platform
With RT DE, Moscow wants to provide a platform for corona skeptics, right-wing populists and leftist fans of the Kremlin to destabilize democracy in Germany. Internal emails provide insights into the media organization.

Wed, 3 Mar 2021 10:55:15 +0100

Pass the Buck to Moscow: A Possible Solution to the Nord Stream 2 Conundrum
With Joe Biden's election, trans-Atlantic relations are on the upswing. But the natural gas pipeline Nord Stream 2 threatens to derail the renewal. Germany needs to come up with a new approach, and passing the buck to Moscow might help.

Sat, 27 Feb 2021 09:53:11 +0100

The Hanau Protocols: Aftermath of a Deadly Racist Attack
On Feb. 19, 2020, a right-wing extremist murdered nine young people in Hanau. Because the gunman shot himself, there will be no trial. But those left behind have questions for the country they call home.

Thu, 18 Feb 2021 15:24:21 +0100

The Third Wave: Coronavirus Mutants Are Spreading Fast
The coronavirus mutants are spreading at breakneck speed in Germany. They have left puzzled researchers asking what makes them so highly infectious? And why are they infecting so many young people in Israel?

Wed, 17 Feb 2021 15:05:15 +0100

Germany: Angela Merkel Loses Her Way, and Her Temper, in the Corona Crisis
One might think that Chancellor Angela Merkel, with her background in science, would be a perfect fit in the coronavirus pandemic. But lately, she has been losing her patience with state governors and having trouble connecting with the German populace.

Fri, 12 Feb 2021 18:59:46 +0100

Chancellor Merkel's Failure in the Coronavirus Pandemic
Chancellor Angela Merkel's calm leadership style has been praised for years. But in the pandemic, it has proven to be problematic. Her lack of ambition and creativity have had dire consequences for the country.

Mon, 8 Feb 2021 19:53:03 +0100

Nord Stream 2: Russian Pipeline Is Germany's Greatest Foreign Policy Embarrassment
Berlin is insisting on the construction of the Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline between Russia and Germany. By doing so, the country is isolating itself in Europe and alienating the United States. The political costs will be too great if the project is completed. It should now be scrapped.

Mon, 1 Feb 2021 17:25:39 +0100

The EU Relationship with Russia: European Unity and Determination Offer a Path Forward
Continuing to focus on dialogue with Moscow does not meet coddling President Vladimir Putin or ignoring Russian transgressions. Europe needs to present a united and determined front in its relationship with Russia.

Sun, 31 Jan 2021 10:59:04 +0100

The Creeping Return of Anti-Semitism to Munich: "We Can Never Again Be Silent"
The German state of Bavaria has become home to a rising number of anti-Semitic incidents, with many of them linked to protests against coronavirus measures. Jews in the state are growing increasingly nervous.

Wed, 27 Jan 2021 16:43:18 +0100

Virologist Christian Drosten: "I Am Quite Apprehensive about What Might Otherwise Happen in Spring and Summer"
In an interview with Christian Drosten, the German virologist looks back on the mistakes he has made in the coronavirus pandemic – and ahead to the dangers that the pandemic still has in store for us.

Fri, 22 Jan 2021 19:03:57 +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.