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German lessons | The Economist
Sennheiser, which makes headphones and microphones, recently passed to a new generation of Sennheisers, Andreas and Daniel, who stress the importance of “being global in everything we do”. They want to learn from “innovative customers” around the world: the Japanese are particularly demanding when it comes to sound, and Americans when it comes to fashion.
german  explained  economy  company  highlight  export 
november 2016 by aries1988
Why we need German thinking - FT.com
Germans are frequently wrong. But if we anglophones had listened to them, we could have avoided the pre-2008 push for home ownership, the creation of exciting new derivatives, extreme inequality and the war in Iraq. We need German thinking.
germany  german  thinking 
june 2015 by aries1988
Getting emotional
Those series were all co-produced by German public-service broadcasters who knew how avidly their audiences would consume small-screen crime fiction. Yet with their complex characters and multi-layered narratives the Scandinavian programmes also offered something rather different from Germany’s home-grown crime dramas with their universe of clear-cut morality and new storylines neatly wrapped up each week.

Foremost among them is “Deutschland 83”, an eight-part series about life in Berlin before the reunification of East and West Germany.
german  tv  2015 
june 2015 by aries1988
Germany’s Small Towns Feel the Cost of Europe’s Migrant Crisis
As European leaders focus on trying to stop the flow of migrants to the Continent, towns and villages across Germany are pleading for money and assistance to take care of their new arrivals.
immigration  germany  countryside  german 
april 2015 by aries1988
He Sees You When You’re Sleeping, and Gives You Nightmares
In Germany, misbehaving children had better watch out. The Krampus, a devilish goblin who tears through the streets as St. Nick’s evil counterpart, is making a comeback.

But with cultural homogenization spreading across an increasingly unified Europe, a new generation is bringing back the customs that defined their childhoods, and those of their parents and grandparents.

Advocates of the ritual say reviving it is important because American Christmas customs, which they see as more commercialized, have made their way into the German holiday.

“This is a pagan tradition that belongs in the village,” said Mrs. Danzing, shaking her head at the spectacle in the Bavarian capital. “I am glad my grandchildren aren’t here, they would be terrified.”
germany  german  christmas  pagan  tradition 
december 2014 by aries1988
The Bearable Lightness of Being: How Germans Are Learning to Like Themselves - SPIEGEL ONLINE
Bajram Avdijaj, 47, immigrated to Germany from Albania 22 years ago. Today he works in one of the most international parts of Munich: at a fruit and vegetable stand at the Viktualienmarkt market in the city center.

But look at Germany now: It has indisputably become a nation of immigration. Figures from the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development in 2012 show Germany ranking second in the world after the United States in attracting permanent immigrants, beating out even such melting pots as Britain and Canada. Germany drew 400,000 immigrants described by the international body as permanent in 2012. For some time, people wanted to settle in Germany. Now they can, the barriers have been lowered — and not just at the border. In 2010, former German President Christian Wulff made headlines around the world when he said that Islam is now a part of Germany. It’s the kind of statement that cannot be reversed.

Recently, Berlin’s prestigious Grause Kloster high school held a commencement ceremony for its graduating class. In her speech, the head of the parent’s association made a plea for a more diverse school, noting that there were almost no children of immigrants. It was just one of many examples of how things are slowly changing, even in strongholds of homogeneity like this. The school, founded in 1871 by the German Empire, includes Otto von Bismarck among its alumni.

Germany is benefitting from the fact that it modernized its economy in the early 2000s, preparing itself for the 21st century. The lethargic Rhine Capitalism model, which saw stores close for the weekend at 2 p.m. on Saturday, is history. Both business and society have adjusted and become more flexible. Companies became more efficient and began targeting the needs of the booming developing world.

Recently, Berlin's prestigious Grause Kloster high school held a commencement ceremony for its graduating class. In her speech, the head of the parent's association made a plea for a more diverse school, noting that there were almost no children of immigrants. It was just one of many examples of how things are slowly changing, even in strongholds of homogeneity like this. The school, founded in 1871 by the German Empire, includes Otto von Bismarck among its alumni.

After the fall of the Wall, a sort of Wild East atmosphere prevailed in East Berlin -- life seemed to move faster than the law and regulations could. Many young West Germans picked up and moved, at the same time discovering a new sense of freedom together with the East Germans. They didn't bother to apply for licenses for their bars and clubs, they squatted buildings and danced, partied and lived wherever they pleased. It was cheap, there was lots of space, a sense of openness to other people and other ideas. It was an openness that also beckoned people from around the world. They answered the call, too, coming to Berlin in droves.

they all want to be in Berlin, to be photographed leaping in front of the Brandenburg Gate. They experience Berlin as a place where they can manifest their own lightness of being.

Describing his view of the world, the Schiller Institute writes, "a man's duty lies above his own personal inclinations, how he must be both a patriot and a world citizen, which can never imply a contradiction, for the true interests of any one nation can never be at odds with the interests of the world as a whole."

no other country has done as much to come to terms with the history of its crimes. It was necessary in order to ascertain what was inherently German about that history and if there's a danger of it repeating itself. It was also necessary in order to send a message to the world that people here understand what Germany wrought on the world. But it also created a sense of gloom that was not only difficult for Germans to endure, but sometimes for others as well.
germany  german  story  people  nation  patriotism  instapaper_favs  history 
july 2014 by aries1988
How Do You Say ‘Blog’ in German?
But the society’s stance has nevertheless touched a chord across German society, particularly among people you might call anti-cosmopolitans: those who feel unable to keep up with an internationalization they feel is being imposed on them.

But the society’s stance has nevertheless touched a chord across German society, particularly among people you might call anti-cosmopolitans: those who feel unable to keep up with an internationalization they feel is being imposed on them.

"Zeitgenossen,” is particularly apt for the moment. If you look it up in a German-English dictionary, you will find that it means “contemporaries,” those who happen to live in the same day and age. But it means more than that. The German word “Genosse,” meaning “comrade” or “associate,” also implies a mutual responsibility.
german  english  language  globalization  future  today 
september 2013 by aries1988
German business and English: No Denglisch | The Economist
Germany has no official guardian of linguistic purity; the very idea of it would bring back unpleasant memories of the 1930s. France has two: the Académie Française and a separate committee, reporting directly to the prime minister, that monitors businesses and other organisations for neologisms, especially ones imported from English. Offenders are told to use papillon for flyer, tablette for iPad and vignette for widget.

Advertising in Germany is particularly prone to Anglicisms. “There is the illusion that using English shows you are livelier, younger and more modern,” says Holger Klatte of the German Language Association, founded in 1997 to preserve and promote Goethe’s mother-tongue. Zalando, an online clothes shop, is a typical offender with its “Must-haves”, “Basics” and “Shop by Style”. Deutsche Telekom’s slogans include the baffling “Call & Surf Comfort via Funk”.

Ironically, among the reasons for the worldwide success of Audi, a German carmaker, is its slick marketing, which even in English-speaking markets features a German slogan, Vorsprung durch Technik.
from:kindle  language  german  english 
august 2013 by aries1988
The Longest Way:一位德国“五道口通”送给自己的生日礼物-翟华博客-我的搜狐
话说2007年慕尼黑大学汉学系到北影的留学生雷克(Christoph Rehage)26岁生日那天,他送了自己一份疯狂的礼物:徒步由北京走回老家慕尼黑去。11月9日出发,背着沉重的行囊、帐篷睡袋、2台相机、卫星导航和笔记本电脑,雷克踏上了遥远的旅程,前后总共花了369天步行4646公里,从北京往南到西安,经过兰州、嘉峪关、敦煌、哈密走到乌鲁木齐,并且每天在自己的网站上记录沿途的有趣见闻。旅程中,他不断以自拍的形式记录下点点滴滴,将所有的照片以停格摄影的方式串接成一部短片The Longest Way(最遥远的路),获得班夫山地电影节最佳短片奖。
german  interview  xinjiang  china 
june 2012 by aries1988
德国学者的公开信
2月24日,2.3万名德国高校博士生、学者和教授们联名向德国总理默克尔递交一封公开信,要求将德国现任国防部长古滕贝格解职,责成其对博士论文抄袭一事负责。
letter  german  phd  debate 
march 2011 by aries1988

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