Tag: Germany

The Case for Gay Reparation

The New York Police Department apologized last week to the gay community for the 1969 raid of the Stonewall Inn, the fallout of which is widely credited with spurring the contemporary gay rights movement at home and abroad. Timed to coincide with Stonewall’s 50th anniversary, the statement by Commissioner James P. O’Neill said in part: […]

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Part 5: Can Liberal Democracy Survive in Europe?

Listen and subscribe to our podcast from your mobile device: Via Apple Podcasts | Via RadioPublic | Via Stitcher Across Europe, populists are saying that it’s not democracy they aim to discard, but liberalism. To end our series, we returned to Germany, the country at the heart of a liberal Europe, to see if the […]

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All Over the Map

Jared Diamond doesn’t use a computer. He relies “completely” on his secretary and on his wife for “anything” requiring one, as he puts it. Diamond also confesses that he lacks the ability to turn on his “home television set” and can “do only the simplest things” with his newly acquired iPhone. “Whenever friends have shown […]

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German Soccer Star Is the Groom. Turkey’s President Is the Best Man.

BERLIN — Mesut Ozil, the German soccer star who quit the national team last year after a photograph of him posing with the Turkish president unleashed a political storm, married a former Miss Turkey on Friday on the banks of the Bosporus. His best man? President Recep Tayyip Erdogan of Turkey. Mr. Ozil, who has […]

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German Nurse Convicted of Killing 85 Patients

OLDENBURG, Germany — The former nurse’s crimes were “incomprehensible,” a German judge told the court on Thursday, reaching his arms across the breadth of the bench as if to capture in one gesture what he sensed his words had failed to define — the enormity of murdering 85 patients who had been placed in the […]

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Former Nurse in Germany Is Given Life in Prison for 85 Murders

OLDENBURG, Germany — A former nurse who confessed to killing more than four dozen patients was found guilty on Thursday in Germany of murdering 85 people and was sentenced to life in prison, with the judge calling his crimes “incomprehensible.” It was the third conviction for the nurse, Niels Högel, who is believed to be […]

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The Fading Chords of Memory of D-Day

At each year’s commemorations of D-Day, there will be a dwindling number of survivors like 95-year-old Harry Read and 94-year-old John Hutton, former British paratroopers who jumped with the British Parachute Regiment team on Wednesday to land in Sannerville, France, as they had 75 years ago. A battle so momentous for the course of history, […]

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Leader of Social Democrats, Merkel’s Coalition Partner, Announces Resignation

The leader of Germany’s Social Democrats, the junior partner in Chancellor Angela Merkel’s governing coalition, announced on Sunday she was resigning, raising fresh questions about the stability of the government after a weak showing by both parties in the elections for the European Parliament. The Social Democrats’ leader, Andrea Nahles, was elected in April 2018, […]

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What Comes After Angela Merkel?

If there is one lesson to be learned from the recent European parliamentary elections in Germany, it’s this: The era of the big-tent parties is over. Both governing parties, the center-right Christian Democrats and the center-left Social Democrats, who are currently in a grand coalition under the lead of Chancellor Angela Merkel, suffered significant losses. […]

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The Essential German Dishes You Should Taste Immediately

Getty Image German cuisine is often defined by Bavarian classics: huge pork shanks, piles of bratwurst, cheesy soups, and slow-roasted beef with dumplings and gravy. If you’ve ever savored American comfort food, you’re sure to agree that there’s nothing wrong with any of that — pork, sausage, cheese, and potatoes are pretty popular here, too. […]

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Germany’s Political Establishment Looks Fragile After E.U. Vote

BERLIN — Nontraditional and upstart political parties are threatening established, centrist parties across Europe, as returns from the European Parliament election underscored this week. Their rise is eating away at an increasingly endangered political establishment. Adding to the uncertainty is a generational divide clearly visible in the voting, in which the Greens drew significant support […]

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The Old Scourge of Anti-Semitism Rises Anew in Europe

For years, Europe maintained the comforting notion that it was earnestly confronting anti-Semitism after the horrors of the Holocaust. It now faces the alarming reality that anti-Semitism is sharply on the rise, often from the sadly familiar direction of the far right, but also from Islamists and the far left. The worrisome trend was underscored […]

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Amid Rising Anti-Semitism, German Official Advises Jews Against Wearing Skullcaps in Public

BERLIN — Germany’s top official responsible for efforts against anti-Semitism suggested this weekend that Jews should not wear their skullcaps everywhere in public, setting off a debate about balancing personal safety and the right to religious freedom in the country. The recommendation by Felix Klein, a federal official, came amid growing evidence that, three-quarters of […]

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Youth’s Video Takes Aim at Merkel’s Party in Run-Up to European Elections

BERLIN — For years, Chancellor Angela Merkel of Germany has been fighting to expand the digital skills of the nation’s work force and to get more youths engaged in politics. This past week, a young, blue-haired German YouTuber known as Rezo showed how unsettling the right combination of digital savvy and political engagement could be […]

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Will the Radical Right Break the EU?

On June 24, 2016, at the headquarters of the National Front in Nanterre, France, Marine Le Pen hosted an impromptu press conference to celebrate the result of Britain’s referendum on EU membership. “What no one had envisaged a few months ago is now a reality that must be acknowledged by all: Yes, it is possible […]

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