The “house by the lake” in Gross Glienicke has been beautifully restored. It’s now a center for education and reconciliation called the Alexander Haus.  (The Guardian, 6/16/19)

“But, of course, honesty is only synonymous with Germany if you don’t know much about its storied history of prevarication.” No worries! Here’s Rebecca Schuman’s hilarious hot take on Otto IV, Luther, Nietzsche, Volkswagen, and the Miracle of Bern.  (Longreads, 6/2019)

Resettled refugees in Germany are participating in apprenticeship programs and filling needed jobs, and the benefits are mutual.  (The Washington Post, 5/5/19; Al Jazeera, 6/20/19; The Washington Post, 7/17/19)

“It’s only in Ms. Merkel’s absence that Germans realize how different she is from her party—an easy mistake, because she has led the center right since taking office 14 years ago. But Ms. Merkel did not stand for conservatism. In fact, she was the greenest chancellor Germany has ever had…”  (The New York Times, 6/19/19)

“Four elements—the U.S. security guarantee, the international free-trade regime, the democratic wave, and the suppression of nationalism,” writes Robert Kagan, “have together kept the old German question buried deep under the soil.” Ominously, all four are now up in the air.  (Foreign Affairs, May/June 2019)

Environmental issues are only part of the story. Here’s how the German Green Party has become more successful than ever.  (The Local, 5/27/19; The Conversation, 5/29/19)

“Some 200,000 Jews live in Germany, a nation of 82 million people, and many are increasingly fearful.”  (The New York Times, 5/21/19; The Washington Post, 5/28/19; The Guardian, 5/31/19)

An EU hoodie has become the “it-garment” of German politicians. At the Munich Security Conference, Wolfgang Ischinger’s hoodie “got more attention than his dire warnings about the collapse of the post-World War II global order.”  (The Local, 5/23/19)

Giles Macdonogh attempts to show us that German humor is underrated.  (Standpoint, 4/30/19)

Hello, Dackelmuseum! “The world’s first and only museum in honour of the dachshund” is the new pride of Passau.  (1843, 5/15/19)

“When Karsten Hilse, an eastern lawmaker for the anti-immigrant, anti-wolf Alternative for Germany party, or AfD, talks about wolves, it sounds a lot as if he is talking about immigrants. And sometimes he is.”  (The New York Times, 4/23/19)

“One by one, the fixed stars that have guided German foreign policy for generations have started to dim.”  (Financial Times, 4/23/19)

In other words: current political trends are just as troubling in Germany as nearly everywhere else.  (The Washington Post, 4/12/19; The New York Times, 4/15/19)

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)