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)

“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)