Monthly Archives: March 2010

Germany’s Favorite Fast Food – Kebab!

Full Article Here This article examined the Turkish-German industry of Kebab and fast food in Germany. The article mostly concentrated on the enormous profits that Turkish food and Kebabs offer the German economy.  Stating that the Kebab industry may be … Continue reading

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Fast jedes vierte Kind in Tageseinrichtungen mit Migrationshintergrund

The article “Fast jedes vierte Kind in Tageseinrichtungen mit Migrationshintergrund” is a quick overview of the rising percentage of children in Bavaria that have at least one non-German parent. The account reports that 24.8% of children attending preschool in the … Continue reading

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“Merkel offen fuer tuerkische Schulen in Deutschland” (Merkel is open towards Turkish schools in Germany)

The article “Merkel offen fuer tuerkische Schulen in Deutschland” (Merkel is open towards Turkish schools in Germany) talks about how chancellor Angela Merkel met with Minister-President Erdogan in Turkey this past week. They discussed the topic of Turkish schools in … Continue reading

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Teach First makes the grade in Germany

Similar to the United States’ “Teach for America” program, Germany’s “Teach First” organization focuses on improving the education of challenged, mostly low-income schools.  Graduates from elite Universities who wish to give back to the community are placed almost as (it … Continue reading

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“No” to dual citizenship

German-born children of foreign parents will have to choose between citizenship in their birth country and their parents’ country. The article on immigration talks about three German states that proposed to allow German-born children of foreign parents to keep dual … Continue reading

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Gender Gap in Germany

This article highlights the growing wage gap between women and men in Germany. According to this article women on average earn about 23% less than their male colleagues. This number is 5% higher than EU’s average, and somewhat higher than … Continue reading

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Merkel gegen türkische Gymnasien in Deutschland

Angela Merkel spoke out against the suggestion by Tayyip Erdogan to open solely Turkish high schools in Germany.  Not only German politicians were against his suggestions; the Türkischen Gemeinde in Deutschland also said that exclusive high schools were counterproductive towards … Continue reading

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“Tuerkei will mit Merkel ueber Visa reden” (“Turkey wants to talk with chancellor Merkel about visa”)

The article “Tuerkei will mit Merkel ueber Visa reden” (“Turkey wants to talk with Chancellor Merkel about visa”) addresses the issue of visa-free travel into the EU. Turkish citizens are dissatisfied by the fact that they still have to apply … Continue reading

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Germany’s Record Debt In 2010

Finance Minister Wolfgang Schaeuble was approved for the borrowing of 80.2 billion Euros ($109 billion) for 2010, making it the highest borrowing figure in record. The government blames this accumulating debt on the global downfall of the economy. However, there … Continue reading

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Skinhead Converts to Judaism

Pawel was a neo-Nazi skinhead until his skinhead girlfriend found out that both she and he had Jewish roots. Now they are Orthodox Jews raising their two children in a Jewish home in Poland. In Dan Bilefsky’s article “Changing Face … Continue reading

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“Sarrazin vergrault tuerkische Waehler” (Sarrazin Scares Away Turkish Voters)

The article “Sarrazin vergrault tuerkische Waehler” (Sarrazin Scares Away Turkish Voters) discusses how SPD member Thilo Sarrazin recently made inappropriate, racist comments about integration, more precisely about German-Turks. An example of a comment he made is “kleine Kopftuchmaedchen” (small head … Continue reading

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Mouthpieces for Turkish Interests

Recently leaders of Turkish decent around Europe have been enticed to join in all-expense paid events in Istanbul. These events were organized by the Turkish government and led by the conservative-religious Justice and Development (AKP) party with a wide array … Continue reading

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US-Turkey relations

This article summarizes the crucial role Turkey plays in a diverse set of important areas, seen form the US point of view. “Given Turkey’s history as a secular democratic stat that respects the rule of             law, but is also … Continue reading

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Burhan Qurbani’s “Shahada”

What is Islam? What does it mean to be a good Muslim? Link to Video Here The 2:04-minute trailer to the film “Shahada,” release date as of yet unknown, opens with two very evocative questions relevant to much of the … Continue reading

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Young Germany

This website, much of it in English, some in German, is pretty interesting.  It publishes articles on pretty much anything young people are interested in, from fashion to climate change, sports to education.  Under the “Life in Germany” tab there … Continue reading

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new synagogue built in herford.

This Sunday, a new synagogue was opened in the German town of Herford, which had been without a synagogue since its last one was destroyed over 70 years ago during Kristallnacht.  There had been a pressing need in the community … Continue reading

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WWII Compensation: Ghetto Laborers Still Waiting for German Pensions

Germany passed a Ghetto Pension Law in 2002 that would give a small amount of money to Jews who held steady jobs in concentration camps, in order to “close a gap in the country’s Nazi-era compensation.”  However, over 90 percent … Continue reading

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Turkish culture club firebombed in Münster

A recent string of attacks on a Turkish consulate and a Turkish culture club in the city of Münster are believed to have been carried out by individuals of Kurdish background. This article mentions some of the tensions between Kurds … Continue reading

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Entschädigung: Im Zweifel gegen die Opfer

This article revolves around reparations paid to survivors of the Holocaust who had been forced to do labor during the second World War.  Now they can receive a pension for the labor rendered.  However, since the approval of this program … Continue reading

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Traveling to Germany ‘breaks down prejudices’

This article states that vacationing in Germany has significantly increased recently, and with this, German stereotypes of “cold and impatient” people have been proven false. It attributes the recent influx of tourism to the cheap cost of hotels and the … Continue reading

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