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易北河上的翡冷翠,德勒斯登 II
在这裡顺带一提, Dresden地道的点心Eierschecke, 主要是蛋加起司的蛋糕, 十分好吃. 是Dresden名物. 另外就是在超市也可以买到的Russisch Brot, 也是Dresden 的产物, 而且是少数前东德经过市场竞爭还生存下来的产品. 它的历史更可追溯至更早的十九世纪, 据说原配方是从当时的俄罗斯学回来的, 故而得名. 今天在俄罗斯也找不到这种点心了啊.
food  germany  2017  idea  moi  travel 
october 2017 by aries1988
A Rathmannsdorf, dans la Saxe, on vote pour l’extrême droite « parce qu’il y a trop d’étrangers »
La candidate de l’AfD a obtenu dimanche 46, 2 % des voix dans cette commune d’un peu moins de 1 000 habitants, malgré une situation économique positive. C’est le « mal saxon ».
deutschland  deutsch  immigration  region  politics  election  2017  germany 
september 2017 by aries1988
街头摄影师刘涛的前半生:为了等一只猫跳到窗框上

刘涛此前的拍摄都是在合肥,他在这里出生、读书、工作。除此之外,他对世界的认识都来自书籍和网络,他每天在自家的电脑上浏览大量摄影作品,看玛格南大师,看Flickr上国外摄影师刚出炉的作品,看森山大道的摄影集—— 拍照都是一回事儿,跟日本新宿比起来,合肥的区别也不大。他最喜欢的摄影师是Alex Webb,刚出名时接受记者采访,刘涛说,Alex把城市里的建筑、栏杆、街上的行人都拍得很有味道,这些元素合肥也有。

回到合肥,刘涛带回来了德国的毛病,更格格不入了。刘涛也开始像德国人一样,买一罐啤酒边走边喝,别人就觉得我这人有点……合肥街头很难找到不吃菜,一个人光喝酒的。

去年6月份开始,我们单位搞了一个步数比赛,到现在正好一年。我去年平均每天走2万5千步,周末不拍照步数少一些。街拍时一天走15公里,肯定胖不起来了。
hefei  photography  life  city  street  germany  story  refugee  moi 
august 2017 by aries1988
Want To Teach Your Kids Self-Control? Ask A Cameroonian Farmer
The "marshmallow test" is a famous experiment for studying kids' self-control. For the first time, a psychologist gave the test to kids outside Western culture. And they crushed it.
moi  children  comparison  psychology  germany  africa  cameroon 
july 2017 by aries1988
How Might Ethnonationalism Replace Religion?
If you are like me, you were transfixed by Shadi Hamid‘s NPR interview this morning. He touched broadly on two issues: the compatibility of Islam and democracy, and the consequences of the declining religious support in the West for the rise of ethnonationalism.
ethnonationalism, white pride, and other forms of identity politics fill the void in meaning where religion once was.

First, religion might provide individual psychological benefits, creating what we might term meaning-in-belief.
religion creates social structures that provide collective social benefits to those who participate.

There is a stronger argument here, but that contemporary expressions of ethnonationalism in the U.S. remain too disjointed and episodic to be convincingly doing this work.
The distinctive thing about Nazi Germany was not the presence or celebration of anti-Semites, it was the organization of anti-Semites into a team.
comparison  nazi  germany  opinion  usa  today  politics  racism  ethnic  religion  conflict  future  society 
june 2017 by aries1988
Norbert Elias se confronte à l’Allemagne

Les Allemands. Evolution de l’habitus et luttes de pouvoir aux XIXe et XXe siècles (Studien über die Deutschen. Machtkämpfe und Habitusentwicklung im 19. und 20. Jahrhundert), de Norbert Elias, traduit de l’allemand par Marc de Launay et Marc Joly, Seuil, « La librairie du XXIe siècle », 592 p., 35 €.

Le rêve du « Reich millénaire », l’idéal aristocratique de supériorité étendu à la masse des Allemands à travers la notion de « race », la peur du déclin et la valorisation corrélative de la force ont correspondu à l’« habitus » (ce qui dans l’individu exprime le rapport historiquement déterminé à son Etat) de bien des Allemands du temps : en effet, dans une Allemagne longtemps divisée en une multitude de petites entités, l’Etat impérial n’avait cessé de s’affaiblir depuis le Moyen Age ; et alors qu’au même moment la France et l’Angleterre se constituaient en monarchies de plus en plus puissantes et centralisées, pour les Allemands les rêves d’empire paraissaient plus fragiles.

Selon Norbert Elias, Nietzsche incarne au plus près, avant Hitler, cette peur allemande de la décomposition qui mène à la haine du faible et à l’exaltation du fort. Une autre facette de la haine de soi.
history  deutschland  deutsch  civ  ww2  ww1  society  zeitgeist  nation  philosophy  germany 
may 2017 by aries1988
L’Allemagne se trompe : « Il ne s’agit pas pour elle d’aider la France, mais de sauver l’Europe »
Sans nier les défis économiques, politiques et sociétaux auxquels le pays fait face depuis une dizaine d’années – ni les insuffisances des réponses apportées sous les deux précédents quinquennats –, la France va mieux et elle est désormais sur une bonne pente.

Du coup, l’idée que « l’aide » de l’Allemagne serait nécessaire au succès du nouveau président est non seulement un brin condescendante mais sans doute très éloignée de la disposition d’esprit qui est la sienne. Non seulement ce dernier est-il probablement persuadé de sa capacité à redresser le pays par ses propres moyens et confiant dans la vertu « transformatrice » de sa propre élection, mais on peut supposer que son analyse le conduit à estimer que la France, pour peu que les réformes nécessaires soient menées à bien, peut réussir durablement dans une zone euro dont les critères de stabilité seraient inchangés.

Une analyse que confirment les évolutions de longue durée : si « décrochage » franco-allemand il y a eu depuis 2009, ce n’est pas vraiment le cas à l’aune des vingt-cinq ou trente dernières années, le ratio économique entre les deux pays (mesuré en termes de PIB comparés) étant resté grosso modo équivalent depuis la réunification allemande.
france  deutschland  economy  europe  today  future  opinion  euro  germany 
may 2017 by aries1988
Could Russia have avoided revolution in 1917?
The very different circumstances of 1917-18 were of decisive importance. In these years, Germany did everything it could to foster the cause of revolution — most famously by engineering Lenin’s return to Russia in the “sealed train”. For a year, while the Great War raged on, the Bolsheviks were able to consolidate their hold on the Russian heartland untroubled by foreign intervention. It was control over the resources and communications of this heartland that was the decisive factor in Bolshevik victory in the civil war.

the visions of a transformed and better world evident in cultural expression as well as in everyday lives. But the problem is that we know what comes next, as Stalinist terror not merely inflicted vast additional suffering on the Soviet peoples but also snuffed out most of the Revolution’s gains as regards cultural expression and female emancipation.
russia  history  revolution  ww1  germany  book  tsar 
february 2017 by aries1988
The history man: how Saul Friedländer told his own story

But when he began working on Nazi anti-Semitism in the early 1960s, little had been written on it, and it was not regarded as an entirely respectable subject either in West Germany or in Israel. Where Memory Leads offers a close-to-the-ground view of the debates, scholarly and less scholarly, that erupted in both countries from the Auschwitz trials of 1963-65 to the so-called Historians’ Battle of the late 1980s. It is a powerful reminder of just how much intellectual labour was required in West Germany to get the country to where it is today, the most historically self-aware democracy in the world. But engaging with Nazism was no simple matter for Israeli historians either, especially after 1967. The founders of the new state wanted to turn their back on a European past of victimhood and celebrate the virile heroes of the war of independence. They did at first not take kindly to Friedländer’s insistence that this too was part of the country’s past, and it took time before the political elite became as comfortable as it is today invoking the memory of the Holocaust.
holocaust  intelligentsia  book  thinking  isreal  jewish  question  deutschland  ww2  leader  germany 
november 2016 by aries1988
Rethinking Franco-German Relations - The New York Times
French and German people don’t speak each other’s language, and literally don’t understand one another. That’s not just a linguistic issue; it is one that appears in every political and economic discussion. It also follows that politicians and central banks talk about economics in English, a foreign language in both nations, and so it’s hardly surprising that ordinary people feel excluded and lost.
comparison  diplomacy  france  germany  economy  history  economist  today  debate 
october 2016 by aries1988
刘仲敬:东亚在世界史中的角色-墙外楼
而“中国”这个概念之所以产生,就是欧洲国际体系进入东亚的产物。大清为了跟欧洲国家打交道,签订条约,它必须对自己有一个称呼。就是由于大清和欧洲列强之间不断进行交涉的结果,不断签署条约的结果,才产生了后来我们现在看到的“中国”概念

欧洲最初产生的威斯特伐利亚体系散播到整个世界,包括亚洲。在这个过程中,亚洲原有的政治结构需要重组,这就是我们所说的“中国”产生的原因。因为以前,在欧洲人来到东方以前,我们其实没有“中国”这个东西。以前所谓的“中国”,就是中央的城池,就是首都,或者是中原,就是指的中部的、首都周围的土地,它是一个模糊的地理名词,并不是现在所谓的民族国家的那个“国”。

中国的前身毕竟是大清,而大清是王朝结构,它没有民族国家和民族国家之间那种明确的边界。大清和琉球、韩国之类的关系是宗藩性质的关系,它们不必要像民族国家和民族国家那样划定明确的边界。因此大清在跟西方打交道的时候,就有一个很明显的现象就是,西方国家和西方国家之间有明确的边界,而大清和它的周边没有明确边界,必须不断的重划边界。

孔子时代的诸侯结构和秦始皇时代的帝国结构,并不是现在这个中国的产生者。现在这个中国是西方国际体系输入以后,强迫大清留下来的那些各族群、各种各样的居民,按照西方民族国家观念重新组合的产物。我们要注意,这个重新组合是按照西方的原理重新组合的,而不是按照孔子的原理或者秦始皇的原理重新组合的。这就是两者不能直接划等号的原因。

,西方现在的民族国家结构是帝国解体的产物。

欧洲现代的主要问题是德国和两次世界大战,但是德国为什么是世界大战的策源地呢?就是因为德国是神圣罗马帝国的直接继承人,而神圣罗马帝国瓦解以后,德国找不到自己的位置。法国和英国可以直截了当地说它自己是民族国家,因为它们没有帝国的负担;而德国却搞不清楚,它到底是应该像神圣罗马帝国继承人一样,理直气壮的申索它对全欧洲的最高统治权呢,还是应该把自己降一格,变成跟英国和法国一模一样的民族国家?如果走前一条道路的话,必然会引起德国和全欧洲的战争;如果走后一条路的话,德国又是损失最大的,因为英法这些国家本来就不是帝国,而德国是帝国,德国放弃帝国,不仅是放弃了皇帝的虚荣,而且要把荷兰、瑞士、洛林这些边缘地区的土地都放弃出去,理论上和实际上都损失惨重。

如果中国要建立民族国家的话,那么很多缺乏认同感的原先的前藩属地带,就可以像是对待韩国一样,让它自己去独立,今后建立平等的民族国家的新型关系。但是如果真的是这样的话,那么现在的台湾问题就不存在了。台湾问题存在,就是因为现在的中国仍然不肯放弃的缘故。但是不肯放弃,又没有充分的实力来坚持,那结果就是一场灾难。
history  china  geopolitics  europe  comparison  today  future  conflict  world  order  opinion  germany  asia 
august 2016 by aries1988
(4) Darrell Francis's answer to Why are the names for 'German' in English and German so different? - Quora
those outside of the Germanic-speaking world didn't use the word diutisc. Instead, they would collectively refer to all the German people by the name of the Germanic tribe they had the most contact with.
deutsch  deutschland  explained  history  europe  germany 
july 2016 by aries1988
The New Europeans
Graf von Rechberg is an interesting man. He invited asylum seekers into his home for dinner, but he held an almost apocalyptic view of their presence in Germany. Many of them, he predicted, would come to live in Muslim-majority ghettos like those in Paris, where they don’t do anything, don’t work and then watch some stupid Internet films, and then some will carry out terrorist attacks, he said. I can’t change that. I can only accept it, and that will be our future.
reportage  deutschland  people  immigration  immigrant  story  bayern  germany  instapaper_favs 
april 2016 by aries1988
Germany on the Brink
In the German case the important number here isn’t the country’s total population, currently 82 million. It’s the twentysomething population, which was less than 10 million in 2013 (and of course already included many immigrants). In that cohort and every cohort afterward, the current influx could have a transformative effect.
immigration  opinion  population  deutschland  crisis  female  germany 
january 2016 by aries1988
You are what you speak: How your mother tongue shapes you
If a language controls its speakers, not vice versa, that might help explain some uniquely German diseases, Japanese emotions, and national stereotypes
language  body  culture  story  deutschland  germany 
january 2016 by aries1988
Germany, Refugee Nation - The New York Times
Throughout the extraordinary process that has seen roughly one million refugees arrive in Germany this year, Chancellor Angela Merkel has had a consistent refrain: “Wir schaffen das” — “We can do this.” The gesture in question is the most extraordinary redemptive act by any European nation in many years.

Merkel’s place in the history books was already assured. She was the woman who over a decade steered a united Germany to a self-assurance striking for a country that, even at the turn of the century, was still uncertain if it could allow itself a modicum of pride. But with her decision this year to admit Syrian and other refugees, she has become a towering European figure, certainly the equal of such postwar German giants as Konrad Adenauer, Helmut Schmidt and Helmut Kohl — perhaps even surpassing them because her Germany is its own master whereas theirs was still under degrees of American tutelage.

One million refugees change the landscape. They are in supermarkets. They are in hospitals. They are in schools. Germans have been accepting, despite the huge cost. A far-right party may benefit, but the consensus is this had to be done.

As a result, over the next generation, Germany will become a stronger, more vital, more dynamic, more open country. Abdulfattah Jandali, a Syrian immigrant known as John, was the biological father of Steve Jobs. Perhaps a future Syrian-German Jobs has just entered school.
deutschland  deutsch  future  immigration  opinion  2015  germany 
december 2015 by aries1988
FT2015年度人物:默克尔 - 头版 - FT中文网
默克尔知道德国五分之一的人口是第一代或者第二代移民,她正在推动这个国家增强包容性。《世界报》(Die Welt)政治编辑托马斯•施密德(Thomas Schmid)表示,她在寻求一个“崭新、不同、更丰富多彩、越来越不同质化和相当粗犷的共和国。”
deutschland  2015  germany 
december 2015 by aries1988
Miniatur Wunderland *** official video *** largest model railway / railroad of the world
The official video about Miniatur Wunderland Hamburg, the largest model railway in the world, and one of the most successful tourist attractions in Germany. ...
deutschland  idea  train  model  transport  airplane  fun  travel  museum  moi  germany 
december 2015 by aries1988
Europe's Jihadists: What the Paris Attacks Tell Us about IS Strategy - SPIEGEL ONLINE
Olivier Roy, a French expert on Islamism, writes in Le Monde: “Almost all French radicals belong to one of two categories: They either come from the second generation of immigrants or they are converts.” What do the two groups have in common? “They break with their parents, or, to be more precise, with that which their parents represent when it comes to culture and religion.”

The younger ones can be found a hundred meters away, hanging out in front of a food stand and a café. There are perhaps a dozen of them, in their twenties and wearing sweat suits or sarwal, the baggy pants with the low-hanging crotch that Salafists prefer. It is just before noon on a workday, but none of those present have anywhere to be.

There are many like Mohammed in France, young men who live in housing projects on the outskirts of the city. Young men who feel oppressed as Muslims and who hate the country they live in. In Germany, there are no real ghettos of the kind found in France and there is also a lack of the historical rage that some French immigrants hold for the former colonial power.

there are more than 10,000 people in France with “Fiche S” files, which means they are seen as a potential danger to the state. There may not be as many in Germany, but officials here are also wondering what to do about them.
reportage  europe  middle-east  youth  numbers  deutschland  france  comparison  terrorism  germany  instapaper_favs 
november 2015 by aries1988
The dispensable French
France has less and less influence in the EU, and fears to use what it still has
2015  france  deutschland  germany 
november 2015 by aries1988
The end of the Merkel era is within sight
As the placid surface of German society is disturbed, the positives of immigration are hard to see
2015  deutschland  germany 
november 2015 by aries1988
If Angela Merkel is ousted, Europe will unravel

The stakes, though, are much higher with Ms Merkel. The financial crash, the euro crisis and the collapse of the Schengen open borders arrangement has seen Europe unravelling as centrist parties across the continent have struggled to meet the challenge of the populists. Ms Merkel has been the rock of certainty — the leader with the authority to keep the show on the road. Without her the fractures would multiply.

Mr Schäuble, too, is a pro-European, in some respects a more committed integrationist. But Ms Merkel has been the guardian of a post-1989 settlement that has rooted Germany in its Europeanness. Her removal would see it shift into the camp of those consumed by narrower, more immediate calculations of interest, giving up on the ideal of a European Germany. And that would be the beginning of the end.
deutschland  2015  politics  germany 
november 2015 by aries1988
sven_shi:德国难民-墙外楼
比如难民营中的公共厕所。今年10月在汉堡兴建的难民营中就有一个19岁的居住者因为厕所的使用问题纵火烧毁了新建的难民营,在这之前还有很多因为使用厕所而爆发的群殴事件。公共厕所一直是很多难民营的大难题。原教旨主义者采取中世纪的方法,在使用厕所后用手清洁,而后在洗脸池中用清水冲洗。这样的方式很容易引起其他使用厕所人的不满。同时他们还时常禁止他人在自己经常使用的公共厕所中使用卫生纸。这样的行为自然也很容易诱发冲突。
deutschland  refugee  temoignage  integration  germany 
november 2015 by aries1988
Wishing happy birthday to a united Germany - FT.com
Germany is an exemplary democracy with a sturdy, federal system of government and a commitment to a peaceful international order. Unlike Austria, France or Sweden, Germany has no rightwing populist movement of any significance. Nothing better illustrates Germany’s restoration to the front rank of nations than the fact that, seven decades after the Holocaust, it boasts one of the world’s fastest-growing Jewish communities.

Modern Germans display a confidence about their national identity that marks a departure from the guilt, self-hatred and anxiety of the first post-Nazi generations. This confidence has enabled Germany to embrace globalisation and evolve into such a diverse society that Christian Wulff, Mr Gauck’s predecessor, observed in 2010 that “Islam is now a part of Germany”.
germany  2015  history  comparison  europe 
october 2015 by aries1988
Why welcoming more refugees makes economic sense for Europe | New Scientist
Any pull is insignificant compared to push – such as the ever-increasing hardship in Middle-Eastern refugee camps, Goldin says.

Germany had 200,000 more deaths than births in 2012, more than compensated by 391,000 immigrants. In contrast, UK prime minister David Cameron bowed to public pressure and this week said the country would take just 20,000 Syrian refugees by 2020.

Those travelling on their own can look up how-to guides written by others who’ve made it. One refugee showed a reporter at Public Radio International a video explaining, step-by-step, how to get across the Serbian-Hungarian border. Others post real-time updates about what areas are safe to travel through – where water is safe to drink, for example.
2015  refugee  middle-east  europe  analysis  economy  opinion  population  germany  numbers 
september 2015 by aries1988
像养女儿一样做番茄蛋
我听过很多女生说自己好养活,有番茄蛋就够了(后来又发现有土豆丝就够了的变体)。但真正能对番茄蛋爱的深沉,爱入骨髓的只有Bis…
story  germany  cuisine 
august 2015 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
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
A toxic monarch
Kaiser Wilhelm II: A Concise Life. By John Röhl. Cambridge University Press; 240 pages; $24.99 and £16.99. Buy from Amazon.com, Amazon.co.uk
IT IS hard not to…
history  germany  ww1  leader  book 
october 2014 by aries1988
Transport par car : les leçons de la libéralisation du marché allemand
Douze euros entre Hambourg et Berlin (290 km), 9 euros entre Francfort et Cologne (150 km), le prix moyen au kilomètre est de 9 centimes, mais certaines compagnies de cars vont jusqu'à offrir 4 centimes du kilomètre, là où la Deutsche Bahn propose un kilomètre entre 13 et 25 centimes d'euros.
transport  france  deutschland  germany 
october 2014 by aries1988
'They raped every German female from eight to 80'
One can only scratch at the surface of the psychological contradictions. When gang-raped women in Königsberg begged their attackers afterwards to put them out of their misery, the Red Army men appear to have felt insulted. “Russian soldiers do not shoot women,” they replied. “Only German soldiers do that.” The Red Army had managed to convince itself that because it had assumed the moral mission to liberate Europe from fascism it could behave entirely as it liked, both personally and politically.
history  russia  germany  book 
september 2014 by aries1988
Guiding Germany’s Young Muslims Off the Road to Jihad
“I got to know West Germany through the Turks,” Ms. Dantschke said in a recent interview, noting that neither Turks nor East Germans knew West German ways.

Last year, she made it to New York. “I kept saying: ‘I was never here. Why does it feel so familiar?’ Then I realized, through that book, I was always here.” The next goal is to return, by sea.

“But only on a cargo boat,” she said. “Not one of those luxury liners.”
germany  islam  today  youth 
september 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
Full Recovery Still Years Away for Many in Euro Zone - NYTimes.com
Of the 18 European Union member countries that use the euro, only Germany and, to a lesser extent, France have returned to precrisis levels of growth. The United States, despite a spotty recovery, hit that marker in 2011.

Nearly six years since the onset of the crisis, Germany is still one of the few euro zone countries to have fully bounced back. Its economy is now around 4 percent bigger than it was in 2008, said Richard Boxshall, an economist at PwC, the consulting firm, in London.
germany  industry  crisis  europe 
june 2014 by aries1988
A Growing Challenge for Germans Who Live by Bread Alone

For now, it seems, they have all but forgotten. Industrial-scale baking and advanced freezing technology have made it possible for mass-produced loaves, rolls and pastries to be frozen and shipped around the country to supermarkets, where they can be heated up and sold for a fraction of the price of a hand-thrown equivalent from a traditional bakery.
deutschland  deutsch  bread  artisan  bakery  crisis  recette  today  history  food  germany 
june 2014 by aries1988
Italo-German Ties: Face the Music
The current crisis is driving a wedge between Germans and Italians. Newspapers are filled with reciprocal accusations and criticism, and the gap between the two countries is getting wider and wider. Time to focus on a powerful commonality: Music. Contrary to any other crisis in the last eight decades, this one is taking a decisive cultural turn. Some Germans claim it is due to the Italian passion for complaining and not delivering, and Italians believe it is due to a German desire for supremacy. Italians coming home carry with them stories of what they perceive to be a “German closed society.” Think about what could happen in Germany if the country joins the recession bunch, and jobless Germans would have to face the competition of millions of foreigners that have entered the country in the previous years.
italia  economy  today  deutschland  history  germany 
july 2013 by aries1988
Germany’s labour market: Wunderreform | The Economist
WHEN Gerhard Schröder took to the podium in the Bundestag on March 14th, 2003, Germany was called the “sick man of Europe”. More than 4m Germans (11.6% of the workforce) were on the dole. A widespread assumption was that unemployment could never be defeated, merely “administered,” says Wolfgang Clement, who was the former chancellor’s labour and economics minister. Countering that spirit, Mr Schröder unveiled a package of reforms that he called Agenda 2010. The leader of the opposition, a little-known physicist from east Germany called Angela Merkel, derided it as unambitious. But it soon became clear that the agenda would transform Germany’s labour market.
from:kindle  economy  germany 
april 2013 by aries1988
The Third Reich revisited: The war generation | The Economist
Yet they did not prompt the same intergenerational questioning. “Unsere Mütter, unsere Väter” has reminded the public that this is their last chance to talk to survivors. Films such as “Schindler’s List”, “Holocaust”, an American television series, and the German-made “Downfall”, which tracks Hitler’s final days, all caused passing sensations in Germany. Yet they did not prompt the same intergenerational questioning. “Unsere Mütter, unsere Väter” has reminded the public that this is their last chance to talk to survivors. What comes across strongly from these accounts is that after 1943 most intelligent Germans accepted that the war was lost. If they fought on it was out of desperation or camaraderie. That has prompted some critics to suggest that putting five sympathetic young protagonists into a harrowing story just offers the war generation a fresh bunch of excuses. It’s never over.
Films such as “Schindler’s List”, “Holocaust”, an American television series, and the German-made “Downfall”, which tracks Hitler’s final days, all caused passing sensations in Germany. Yet they did not prompt the same intergenerational questioning. “Unsere Mütter, unsere Väter” has reminded the public that this is their last chance to talk to survivors.

What comes across strongly from these accounts is that after 1943 most intelligent Germans accepted that the war was lost. If they fought on it was out of desperation or camaraderie.

That has prompted some critics to suggest that putting five sympathetic young protagonists into a harrowing story just offers the war generation a fresh bunch of excuses. It’s never over.
from:kindle  tv  war  germany 
april 2013 by aries1988
德国弃核,先驱还是先烈? 南方周末记者亲历弃核后的德国
德国弃核九个月后,全世界的支持者和反对者依旧为此争论不休。这个冬天,德国是否会发生电荒?民众能否承受高电价?垄断能源巨头将如何挑战政府?未来四十年,被寄予厚望的可再生能源又能否拯救德国?
http://www.instapaper.com/read/236274583
germany  nuclear  energy  strategy  future  report 
august 2012 by aries1988
豪车,极致分工
现在的汽车工业已经构建起一个复杂的网络关系。以奥迪品牌为例,在奥迪的原料供应商、二级部件供应商,一级部件供应商、奥迪整车厂商、奥迪经销商,以及顾客所构成的全球网络中,奥迪整车厂商处于核心的地位。
http://www.instapaper.com/read/229110090
automobile  corporation  germany  info  infographics  manufacturing 
august 2012 by aries1988
The Deutsche mark lives | FP Passport
Apparently, as the Wall Street Journal reports, Germans still haven't quite given up on the Deutsche mark:
germany  anecdote  deutschemark 
july 2012 by aries1988

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