Thursday, July 29, 2021

German and US companies are among the most important foreign investors in each other’s markets. A trade war is bad for everyone

By Stormy-Annika Mildner

Sighs of relief resonated throughout the German business community when US President Donald Trump and EU Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker agreed on negotiating a EU-US trade deal in late July. In a joint statement, the two leaders decided to work …

Alba’s basketballers are taking the game to the classroom

By Horst Schneider

For Basketball lovers, Moritz Wagner is a household name. But even lesser fans will be hearing the 7-foot center’s name in the future. He has – after a successful college career with the Michigan Wolverines – signed an NBA contract …

Rich and sexy: Booming Berlin is driving up real estate prices

By Tong-Jin Smith

It was one of the last vacant plots in Berlin’s trendy district of Prenzlauer Berg – a prime location nestled between historical buildings and in direct vicinity of shops, restaurants and the heavily frequented U2 subway line. For years the …

How I learned to love the Staatsangehörigkeitsbehörde – and to pronounce it properly

By Gayle Tufts

In 2017, I became a German citizen. The decision to become deutsch was not made lightly and was surprisingly emotional. The American presidential election and my personal abhorrence of Donald Trump played a major role, but my choice was actually …

The wintertime march honoring Rosa Luxemburg and Karl Liebknecht is a bizarre parade of the pious in eastern Berlin.

By Klaus Grimberg

They’re easy to spot, even at a distance. Retirees bundled up in thick winter jackets and fur hats trudging towards the exit at the Berlin Lichtenberg S-Bahn station. The color spectrum worn by the members of this crowd ranges from …

Berlin is gearing up to celebrate the 70th anniversary of the Berlin Airlift.

By Jan Kepp

Tempelhof Airport is firmly anchored in the collective memory of (West) Berlin residents first and foremost as the main take-off and landing strip used by the American and British “Rosinenbomber” (transport planes) during the Berlin Airlift 1948-49.This “gateway to the …

No longer able to rely on America’s military leadership, the EU is harmonizing its military capabilities and facilities

By Johannes Leithäuser

Nine months ago, most European Union member states took their biggest step yet toward a common European army. It was not, however, a moment that lent itself to easy symbolism: No common European uniform nor common weapons and equipment, nor …

Europe must become more independent, yet cannot forgo its alliance with the US

By Wolfgang Ischinger

The times when we could fully rely on one another are more or less over, so I can only say that we Europeans must take our fate into our own hands.” It was a rather uneven remark, but one that …

America is different. Germany is, too

America is different. Germany is, too
By Cornelia Funke

Cornelia Funke talks about the high regard many Americans have for Germans, but also about German anti-Americanism and how the world can overcome nationalism.

The German Times: The German- American relationship has reached a new low point. Do you notice

Reflections on American conductor and composer Leonard Bernstein, who would have been 100 this year

By Justus Frantz

The music that led us to one another was Dvořák’s Piano Concerto in G minor. One night, after listening to the radio and hearing a recording I had made with the Northwest German Philharmonic Orchestra, Leonard Bernstein, who would have …

German-American economic relations in troubled waters

By Dieter Kempf

A conversation with Dieter Kempf, President of the Federation of German Industries (BDI), on tariffs, trade balances, the image of German companies in the US and German industry’s contribution to the US economy.

The Federation of German Industries (BDI) is

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: …

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 …

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 …

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