Saturday, November 23, 2019

Sunset in the east – The culture of the GDR is fading with time

By Leonid Mlechin

November 9, 1989, was the day the world first experienced sympathy for the Germans. In fact, the international community was surprised to find out that that the Germans were even capable of experiencing deep human emotions. And it seems to …

The James Simon Gallery has finally opened its doors

By Nicola Kuhn

It is the cornerstone of Berlin’s Museum Island. But what may sound like a dotting of the “i” in “island” is in reality an imposing 10,900-square-meter edifice that, after 180 years, has now brought the final touches to a unique …

“People in the GDR took collective leave of each other every evening via West German TV”

“People in the GDR took collective leave of each other every evening via West German TV”
By Lutz Lichtenberger and timesmedia

Lutz Lichtenberger spoke with Klara Lakomy and Florian Havemann.

The German Times: Ms. Lakomy, on November 9, 1989, you were a little girl. What do you remember about that night?

Klara Lakomy: I remember that I was put to bed …

10/10 Berlin bucket list

By Sabine Bärenklau


The Sophie Gips Höfe is an incomparable ensemble of carefully refurbished fin-de-siècle brickworks, Biedermeier-style buildings, contemporary architecture, traditional ways of life and modern art. In the mid-1990s, art collectors Erika and Rolf Hoffmann renovated …

The trans-Atlantic relationship must start again from scratch

The trans-Atlantic relationship must start again from scratch
By Theo Sommer

We will be back” – that was the comforting message Joe Biden had for the Europeans just four months ago. Speaking at the Munich Security Conference, the former US vice president and current Democratic frontrunner in the incipient 2020 electoral …

The German chancellor refuses to become a lame duck

The German chancellor refuses to become a lame duck
By Lutz Lichtenberger

In December Angela Merkel gave up her post as head of her party, the center-right Christian Democratic Union, a far more important post in German politics than, say, the Democratic or Republican National Committee chair in the US. Her governing …

The EU elections have put a spin on all the German parties

By Robert Normen

There is one undisputed winner of the EU elections – and it’s Die PARTEI (The PARTY). They quadrupled their share of the vote, from 0.6 to 2.4 percent, giving them a gain of two seats in the European Parliament. Die …

Realism, not sentimentality: We can’t act jointly with Trump, yet we can’t act alone without the US

By Sigmar Gabriel

When people in Germany talk about trans-Atlantic relations, the conversation soon turns to Donald Trump. He’s regarded as the source of all conflict between the United States and Europe, especially with Germany.

Yet Trump is not to blame for everything. …

Washington’s hawks seem to be doing all they can to provoke Iran into a conflict

By Andreas Zumach

During the critical final phase of the negotiations over the nuclear deal with Iran in March 2015, John Bolton published an opinion piece in The New York Times titled “To Stop Iran’s Bomb, Bomb Iran.”

When President Donald Trump named …

A tale of three mayors

A tale of three mayors
By timesmedia


The future mayor of Rostock is Danish. In the city’s mid-June elections, Claus Ruhe Madsen captured 57 percent of the vote. It’s been 20 years since Madsen, fresh out of university, came to Germany to get away for a …

Targeting tolerance: Is far-right terrorism on the rise in Germany?

By Ronen Steinke

It was after midnight, but Walter Lübcke, 65, was still sitting on the terrace of his house in Wolfhagen-Istha, a small town near Frankfurt. The local politician, a member of Chancellor Angela Merkel’s CDU, lit a cigarette. He could probably …

The intolerance and hate shown by AfD representatives in the Bundestag is by no means commonplace in Germany

By Peter H. Koepf

Germany has a problem, and that problem goes by the name of Alternative for Germany (AfD), “the most popular party” in certain parts of eastern Germany. No one would question that. Paul Hockenos, in his New York Times op-ed from …

The history of “German Angst” could serve as a lesson for today’s democratic societies

By Frank Biess

In May, the Federal Republic turned 70, making it by far the longest-lasting political formation in the history of modern Germany. It will soon have outlived the German Empire (1871–1918), the interwar Weimar Republic (1918–1933) and the Third Reich (1933–1945) …

Chimera: The hegemonic transition to China

By Ulrich Menzel

The hegemonic transition from the UK to the US was peaceful and promised normative continuity. The hegemonic transition to China will be conflictual and accompanied by a shift in the normative paradigm.

On Feb. 17, 1941, Henry Luce published his …

The histrionic debate over nationalization and forcible expropriation in Germany distracts from a more urgent conversation

By Albrecht von Lucke

In early May, Kevin Kühnert, who heads the left-wing SPD youth organization – the Jusos – sparked national and even international discussion. In an interview with the weekly Die Zeit, asked whether he favored the collectivization of the automaker BMW, …