Wednesday, February 21, 2024

The Germans know what they owe the Americans. But what does that mean for the future?

The Germans know what they owe the Americans. But what does that mean for the future?
By Katja Gloger and Georg Mascolo

One of the low points of the trans-Atlantic relationship can be pinpointed precisely: June 19, 2018, 6:52AM EST. Presumably from his bedroom in the East Wing of the White House, US President Donald Trump clicked “send” in his Twitter app: “Crime in Germany is up 10% plus (officials do not want to report these crimes) since migrants were accepted.”

It sounds like a state conspiracy, one discovered by the American …

From Weimar to Midtown Manhattan. How the Bauhaus began a century ago.

By Klaus Grimberg

The townspeople of Weimar had never come across the likes of a Johannes Itten. The bald instructor at the Staatliches Bauhaus, or simply Bauhaus, often wore a monk’s habit of the Mazdaznan movement while exuding esoteric worldviews from literally his every pore – his philosophy included strict vegetarianism and, by all accounts, bounteous amounts of garlic. His unusual teaching methods quickly made the rounds in this once serene former ducal …

The US Department of Labor has designated Charleston a national model region for the advancement of vocational training based on the German apprenticeship system

By Claus Hulverscheidt

When William Bates first set foot in the factory belonging to the German auto supplier Bosch in northern Charleston, he could not have known that his life would soon change radically. He assumed it was going to be just one more in a series of joyless temporary jobs he’d been doing for years to keep himself afloat. He and his colleagues had been hired to paint the Bosch factory hall …

Hoping for a “together first”

By Peter Altmaier

Germany’s Minister for Economic Affairs Peter Altmaier speaks to The German Times on trade, Trump and taxing US companies in Europe


Minister Altmaier, economically speaking, Germany is on pretty firm footing. Economists call this the “strongest boom in two decades.” Growth is exceeding 2 percent; per-capita GDP is rising; unemployment is low; average wages and consumer spending are both growing. And yet, millions of people feel left behind. How

Behind the trade wars prompted by the US president looms nothing less than a fight over the new economic world order

By Hans-Jürgen Jakobs

Poverty and hunger are perennial threats to any political system. They are also the factors that in the 1970s prompted China’s Deng Xiaoping to seek a simple and effective way to restore his underdeveloped country. “It doesn’t matter whether the cat is black or white,” the former leader noted, “as long as it catches mice.”

In other words, Deng had declared that communism would henceforth be permitted to engage in …

Trans-Atlantic Book Review

Trans-Atlantic Book Review
By Lutz Lichtenberger


Joschka Fischer is afraid. As Fischer turns 70 this year, this one-time rebel who crusaded against capitalism and the state back in the late 1960s only to join the establishment as German Foreign Minister from 1998 until 2005 for the Green Party, now dons the mantle of Elder Statesman. It’s a role he assumes with such gravity that it borders on caricature.

His latest work, a geopolitical analysis …