Wednesday, June 23, 2021

Economically, Eastern Germany is still lagging behind

Economically, Eastern Germany is still lagging behind
By Stephan Kaufmann

In the beginning, there was a promise: “Through our joint efforts,” said Chancellor Helmut Kohl in summer 1990, “we will soon succeed in transforming the former states of the GDR into blooming landscapes where it is worthwhile to live and …

Berlin’s new BER airport will finally go online

By Hannes Koch

In Berlin, no one is surprised when they have to get up at five in the morning and head to the department of motor vehicles in order to register a car before noon. Or when they notice that a construction …

BER: A dinosaur is born

BER: A dinosaur is born
By Lorenz Maroldt

I still have my paper invitation to the BER opening gala scheduled for spring 2012. “Don’t forget!” it reads, front and center, in striking red letters with an exclamation mark. And also, just in case the message wasn’t clear enough: …

German coaches are the most successful in European soccer

By Thomas Kistner

One way to look at the 2019–2020 UEFA Champions League season – which recently came to an end with Bayern Munich winning the final 1:0 against Paris Saint-Germain – is to see it as a battle among German coaches in …

Zee Germans and their bare bottoms

By Killian Lannister

This summer, two German news stories made global headlines. One was an animalistic crime story, an attempted robbery; the other was a tale of protest, aimed at the increasing commercialization of world soccer. They had one thing in common – …

Rem(a)inders: Germany’s uncanny presence of World War II munitions

By J. J. Hagedorn

If someone found a one-thousand-pound unexploded bomb in downtown Manhattan or along the banks of the Potomac in Washington, there’s no doubt it would make international headlines. News outlets would race to cover the evacuation process, and journalists would park …

Save the Children was founded 100 years ago

By Peter Zehner

When adults behave like children, the first victims are often children themselves. In these ugly times, it would do us good to recall that we have the power to make the world a better place. We can reject the Hobbesian …

The Franco-Prussian War of 1870–71 created Germany

By Klaus Grimberg

Two years after the end of the Franco-Prussian War, the painter Anton von Werner completed his epic battlefield portrait of Helmuth von Moltke, Chief of the German General Staff. High on his steed atop a hill, the field marshal is …

Greater Berlin: In 1920 Adolf Wermuth created the modern metropolis

By Peter H. Koepf

Many streets in Germany bear the names of individuals who served the common good in one way or the other. In Berlin, this honor is often bestowed upon people whose names are unfamiliar to the broader public and whose merit …

How Berlin businessman Jörg Woltmann saved KPM

By times

There are certain things in life we should probably refrain from doing, but we do them anyway. Almost 15 years ago and under constant advisement to let it rest, Jörg Woltmann remained undeterred in pursuing his business idea: “It has …

Jewish Museum Berlin is opening a new chapter

By Agnes Monka

There’s an almost palpable sense of relief in the air at the Jewish Museum Berlin (JMB) these days. After a year plagued by a series of crises, including accusations of anti-Semitism and hostility toward Israel lobbed at the museum and …

Brandenburg gait: Culture destinations outside of Berlin

By Jan Kepp

As Berlin’s erstwhile vibrant art and theater scene continues its coronavirus-induced slumber, urban dwellers are increasingly being forced to get their cultural kicks in the countryside. Especially on those warm late-summer days, there’s nothing better than trading in the hot …

A new Berlin museum will spotlight expatriates forced to flee the Nazis

By Nikolaus Bernau

If at all, most non-Berliners are familiar with the Anhalter Bahnhof train station from reading the works of Walter Benjamin, Paul Celan and Erich Kästner. And Berliners themselves most likely assume that the small yet monumental portal next to the …

Commission possible

Commission possible
By Sylvia Schreiber

The idea of selling the European Green Deal as Europe’s “man on the moon moment” was no doubt very much to the liking of Ursula von der Leyen. She is an expert at setting the perfect stage for introducing policies …

Germany’s Council presidency: A herculean task

Germany’s Council presidency: A herculean task
By Detlef Prinz

Anyone in 2020 with a pair of eyes or ears cannot help but recognize the enormity of the tasks and challenges confronting Germany’s current presidency of the EU Council. At stake is nothing less than the internal reconciliation of Europe …