German History

Remembering Helmut Kohl, a man shaped by history

The German flag flies at half-staff outside the Reichstag building during a commemoration at the German Parliament last week in Berlin for the late former German chancellor Helmut Kohl. (Felipe Trueba/European Pressphoto Agency)When a fairly unknown politician from Rhineland-Palatinate took over …

Opinion

JFK in Germany, 1963: Rare and Classic Photos

Not published in LIFE. President John F. Kennedy in Cologne, Germany, June 1963.<br>John Loengard—Time & Life Pictures/Getty Images<p>1 of 25<p>First off, …

Germany

Study: German seniors vulnerable to labor reform

Germany's pension system will soon fail to serve the people who will need retirement assistance most, according to a new study. Women, part-timers …

In a digital, diverse America, the First Amendment matters more than ever, forum shows

Is it unconstitutional for President Trump to block his Twitter critics?<p>Should colleges have so-called safe spaces for students with opposing …

First Amendment

Congratulations, College Graduates Of 2017: Time For You To Become Capitalists!

College graduates are unprepared facing the bigger challenges with saving for retirement than their parents had.<p>Why becoming a capitalist is not a …

Retirement

Putin admits he once ran an international spy network

Vladimir Putin has​ finally admitted to being a spymaster.<p>​The Russian president confessed to running an “illegal” spy network abroad while he served …

Russia

After Greens and Left, Maas and SPD back LGBTQ+ equality in Germany

The Social Democrats appear to have taken a step closer to ruling out a coalition that does not enshrine marriage equality into German law. The …

Equality

Germany to quash convictions of gay men persecuted under Nazi-era law

The German parliament has voted to quash the convictions of 50,000 gay men sentenced for homosexuality under a Nazi-era law which remained in force after the war and offer compensation.<p>After decades of lobbying, victims and activists hailed a triumph in the struggle to clear the names of gay men …

European History

This Space Museum in Central Kansas Was Worth the 20 Hour Drive

Hutchinson, Kansas isn’t the kind of place you’d wind up if you weren’t looking to. The placid prairie town sits a solid hour’s drive south of I-70, …

Hebrew U professor: Israel today similar to Nazi Germany

Dr. Ofer Cassif of Hebrew University faces heavy criticism after his students leaked a video recording from his political science class.

Israel

Germany quashes gay men's convictions and offers compensation

<b>Germany's parliament has voted to quash the convictions of tens of thousands of gay men criminalised under notorious historical anti-homosexual laws.</b><p>The law, only fully repealed in West Germany in 1994, dates to 1871 but was rarely enforced until the Nazi era.<p>An estimated 5,000 surviving victims …

European History

Chile police unveil declassified WWII Nazi spy documents

Chile's investigations police have declassified a trove of files shedding light on the activities of Nazi agents in the South American country during …

Adolf Hitler

Germany to rehabilitate, compensate victims of anti-gay law

The Bundestag has voted to rescind all convictions for homosexuality from the post-war period. Germany's LGBT community has described the vote as …

LGBTQ

Trump publicly doubting that Russia meddled in election

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump appeared to cast doubt on the assessment of 17 U.S. intelligence agencies that blame Russia for election meddling, questioning Thursday why the Obama administration didn't try to stop it.<p>"By the way, if Russia was working so hard on the 2016 Election, it all …

World Leaders

Portraying a Nation: Germany 1919-1933 review – art at its most deliberately obscene

Tate Liverpool Thought Liza Minnelli in Cabaret was the peak of Weimar decadence? Think again. A pungent new exhibition reveals a world of chaos, corsets and bloodstained crosses that the Nazis were about to sweep away<p>When Hana Koch died in 2006, she left her family a modern German treasure hidden …

Art

A family feud is overshadowing the mourning of the 'father of German reunification'

Berlin (AFP) - Helmut Kohl was the "chancellor of German unity" but a week after his death, a family spat has cast a glaring spotlight on deep divisions and a looming battle over his legacy.<p>A long-running feud between Kohl's widow and his two adult sons from a previous marriage reached a new low …

Germany

Merkel: My A-Z on what it means to be German

Amid a fierce debate on the best attributes of German culture, a popular tabloid has printed Chancellor Angela Merkel's A-Z list. But she admitted …

World News

Kohl's widow in tug-of-war over unification Chancellor's legacy | Reuters

By Thomas Escritt<br>| BERLIN<p>BERLIN Less than a week after Helmut Kohl's death, a row has broken out between his widow, his sons and his political party …

Germany

A Year After The Brexit Vote: Have We Reached Peak Populism Yet?

I was truly shocked when a slim majority voted for Brexit a year ago, on June 23. It was to be the first shock caused by an election outcome in 2016 in which populists whipped up popular resentment and won. The question troubling me since: When is it going to stop? When's the world coming to its …

Brexit

Germany's AfD faces intel threat after WhatsApp leaks

The nationalist AfD party in one German state could be put under surveillance after a WhatsApp leak revealed threats of armed insurrection. Members …

World News

Kohl’s widow wanted Orbán, not Merkel to speak at memorial service

The widow of former German Chancellor Helmut Kohl did not want Angela Merkel to speak at his state memorial service on July 1, Der Spiegel …

European News

Nazi Head-Measuring Device Found in Secret Collection in Argentina

On June 8, Interpol agents conducted a raid on a collector’s home in Argentina. Inside, within a hidden room behind a bookcase, they discovered a …

Adolf Hitler

The US and Russia may be getting closer to a military confrontation

They’re not playing nice in Syria.<p>One of President Donald Trump’s stated goals during the presidential campaign was to bring the US and Russia closer together. Based on the events of the past few days, the two nations seem further apart than ever — and potentially at real risk of coming to …

Russia

Berlin proposes ban on sexist adverts

Scantily clad women could soon disappear from billboards in Berlin under a proposed ban on sexist advertising. The German capital has been associated with sexual licentiousness since its days as a wild party city in the Weimar Republic of the 1920s.<p>But its image may be about the change under a …

Germany

Argentina police seize cache of hidden Nazi artefacts

BUENOS AIRES: Argentine police have seized a cache of Nazi artefacts hidden behind a library in the house of an art collector in Buenos Aires, …

European History

Newseum Will Virtually Send Visitors to Berlin Wall During Cold War

On November 9, 1989, the Berlin Wall came down after dividing Germany – both physically and ideologically – for 28 years. In 1993, the Newseum …

Germany

Why we should all pack up and move to Berlin

Berlin is the capital of Germany and somewhat the opposite of what the traditional German city looks like. Here in Berlin our sausages – or wursts – …

Germany

The Cheapest Insult

A specter haunts Europe—this time, not that of Communism, as the opening lines of <i>The Communist Manifesto</i> famously assert, but that of Adolf Hitler. …

Mein Kampf

The Man Who Wore the Mantle of History

From ASHARQ AL-AWSAT English.Guests received an invitation to welcome the newcomer. As usual, feelings of anxiety surrounded the History Hotel. A …

History

The story of Berlin's WWII Tempelhof Airport which is now Germany's largest refugee shelter

Berlin is a city full of abandoned buildings with long and troublesome histories. But one building has been through more turmoil than most: Tempelhof Airport.<p>The colossal airport straddles Neukölln and Tempelhof — neighbourhoods approximately 4 kilometers, or 2.5 miles, south of the city's …

Germany