Sadly, it’s the end of the road for Handelsblatt Today. But you can still appreciate Andreas Kluth’s observations on the “deep-seated differences between German and Anglo-Saxon storytelling.”  (Handelsblatt Today, 2/27/19)

“When a refugee flees to another country and claims asylum, she is, in effect, petitioning the state to listen to her story . . .  Where the state has failed to meet its moral obligation to listen, writers like Jenny Erpenbeck have stepped in.”  (Longreads, 2/2019)

It’s Grünkohl season in northern Germany, where kale is a beloved — if not exactly vegetarian — culinary specialty.  (The New York Times, 2/26/19)

“On one side, there are flamethrowers who denounce what they consider to be a self-abnegating élite as an existential threat to the German nation. On the other side, there is an establishment that dismisses concerns about crime or institutional failures out of hand. Neither position comes close to capturing the complexities on the ground.”  (The New Yorker, 1/28/19)

“It was hardly the first time that Berlin had been blindsided, disappointed, or just plain confused by the messages coming out of Washington since Trump took office two years ago.”  (The Atlantic, 2/14/19; The New York Times, 2/15/19)

Beyond der, die, and das—changing attitudes toward gender are transforming the German language.  (The Local, 2/12/19)

“It’s no problem at all for a man to wear a dark blue suit a hundred days in a row,” Angela Merkel tells Die Zeit, “but if I wear the same blazer four times within two weeks, the letters start pouring in.”  (Zeit Online, 1/28/19; The New York Times, 1/30/19)

“In a tenderly written missive to Britons, more than two dozen leading figures in Germany—including Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer, the favorite to become the country’s next chancellor—described their admiration for many things British, including its tea and beer, and their sorrow over the impending divorce.”  (The New York Times, 1/18/19)

Happy New Year, Germany—George Will is in your corner: “as has been truly said, today’s Germany is the best Germany the world has seen since it became Germany in 1871.”  (The Washington Post, 1/4/19)

“F.C. St. Pauli is an avowed anti-fascist soccer team based in Hamburg that plays in Germany’s second division and hasn’t won the title in more than 40 years, though it runs a kindergarten inside the stadium, which displays signs proclaiming ‘no person is illegal.'”  (The New York Times, 2/7/19)

There’s a new Spiegel affair in 2018. Reporter Claas Relotius fabricated multiple stories over several years, including a misleading portrait of Fergus Falls, Minnesota.  (Medium, 12/19/18; Spiegel International, 12/20/18; Spiegel International, 12/23/18; The Atlantic, 1/3/19; The New Yorker, 1/30/19)