Monthly Archives: April 2010

Germany faces youth employability crisis, says new report

This article discusses a recently released report in Germany, which details the employment issues facing German youth. In recent years there has been an increase in the amount of high school dropouts in Germany. Additionally many of those who graduate, are … Continue reading

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German Expatriate Forum

The German Way Forum provides a means of communication for expatriates. Many of these expatriates who have questions or other issues can simply post to the blog, and wait for others who are more knowledgeable to answer their queries. Whether … Continue reading

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CDU Turkish Minister Appointment ‘Flops’

Aygül Özkan, the first Muslim woman with Turkish origin appointment for state minister in Lower Saxony from the Christian Democratic Union (CDU) , caused an uproar on Monday when she suggested that crucifixes should be banned in classrooms. Özkan is … Continue reading

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motown auf deutsch.

The Supremes, The Temptations, and Marvin Gaye are a few of the most legendary Motown artists.  Many of us are familiar with their hits from the ’60s and ’70s…but could you imagine these same hits being recorded in German?  Yes, … Continue reading

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Friendship!

“Germany, huh? So you’re Nazis” “No, we’re not Nazis. We’re communists. Ja, free communists.” This tongue-in-cheek exchange between two friends, Tom and Veit, and the American immigration officer in New York characterizes the humor and events explored in Markus Goller’s … Continue reading

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Bayern-SPD fordert deutsch-tschechische Universität

The article “Bayern-SPD fordert deutsch-tschechische Universität” details the Bavarian SPD’s call for the establishment of a transnational technical university that would serve students of the neighboring nations of Germany and the Czech Republic. The university would be located in eastern … Continue reading

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Neighbors in German Capital in Uproar over Iraqi Building

Berliners of the Dahlem district have already filed “not-in-my-backyard” legal complaints against an allegedly self-proclaimed new Iraqi embassy.  Many fear that creating the equivalent of a new embassy for such a politically sensitive country in the posh neighborhood of Dahlem … Continue reading

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German chancellor defends Afghanistan mission

This article discusses German Chancellor’s Angela Merkel’s insistence that Germany remain committed to fighting the war in Afghanistan. The recent deaths of seven German soldiers has increased pressure within Germany to withdraw from the region. Merkel said that pulling out … Continue reading

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Designierte CDU-Ministerin gegen Kruzifixe an Schulen

One of the CDU’s ministers in Niedersachsen has ordered all crucifixes to be removed from public schools; just like the ban of headscarves, public schools are meant to be neutral and religiously unaffiliated.  However, she now faces increasing criticism from … Continue reading

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“Auslaender sollen unsere alten Leute pflegen” (“Foreigners should tend to our old people”)

The article “Auslaender sollen unsere alten Leute pflegen” (“Foreigners should tend to our old people”) talks about how German nurses are calling for help from abroad. The number of skilled nurses is too low for the current conditions. This is … Continue reading

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Fatih Akin’s Soul Kitchen

Unlike Head On and The Edge of Heaven, Fatih Akin’s most recent film Soul Kitchen is a comedy. The film focuses on Zinos, a restaurant owner who is forced to employ a drunken chef played by Head On‘s Birol Unel. … Continue reading

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Mean streets and macho violence on Berlin stages

In many smaller theaters in Kreuzberg and Neukoelln, a different type of play is starting to take hold. Instead of classic or even contemporary works, these new works being displayed can be called “street works.” These productions focus on the … Continue reading

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German State Appoints First Minister of Turkish Origin

Aygül Özkan, a member of the conservative Christian Democratic Union party, was recently appointed the minister of social affairs. Özkan was born in Hamburg and is the daughter of Turkish guest workers who arrived in Germany in the 1960s. Özkan … Continue reading

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„Wulff holt türkischstämmige Ministerin ins Kabinett“

The article “Wulff holt türkischstämmige Ministerin ins Kabinett” details the new Executive Cabinet in Lower Saxony’s CDU lead government. Christian Wulff, who has been the prime minister of Lower Saxony since 2003, has created a new cabinet that includes for … Continue reading

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Poetry Without A Face

Full Story Here Since the age of 12, Hissa Hilal has been writing poetry, although secretly in the years of her childhood. A Saudi Arabian woman, she is not allowed to sit in public without her husband or another family-related … Continue reading

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Erdogan urges German Turks not to integrate

This article is very interesting because the Turkish government, and particularly the Turkish prime minister urged Turks living in foreign countries not to integrate. He was also quoted as saying assimilation was a “crime against humanity” during a speech in … Continue reading

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Germany’s Turks don’t need Papa Erdoğan or Mutti Merkel

This article is interesting because it touches upon the fact that both the German and Turkish governments argue about how to best serve the Turkish immigrants in Germany without really knowing exactly what that entails because both sides are so … Continue reading

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Ossis Aren’t Indians

The court reached its verdict on the Gabriela S. Ossi dispute on Thursday, saying that “East Germans could not be seen as a tribe-like group.”  Gabriela S., born in the German Democratic Republic, was declined from a window manufacturing  job … Continue reading

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Court Rules that East Germans are not an Ethnic Group

This Der Spiegel article follows up on the Stuttgart labor court case charging a West German company with discriminating against a woman born in the former GDR. The court ruled that East Germans are not an ethnic group, a conclusion … Continue reading

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Gedenken an Befreiung der Konzentrationslager

Memorials were held at Germany’s concentration camps in Brandenburg and Niedersachsen to commemorate the 65th anniversary of the liberation.  Spokespeople from the CDU and SPD were present to give speeches about how critical the National Socialist reign was in defining … Continue reading

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