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Günter Schabowski, the man that opened the Berlin Wall by mistake

East German Communist Günter Schabowski, who made history during a press conference broadcast live on television in the evening of November 9,...

Not a republic, just a zone

My father, although a pragmatist, never accepted the division of post-war Germany nor a clear distinction between citizens of both German states.

July 1st, 1990: Germany preparing for reunification on October 3rd

The economic, currency and social union between the FRG and the GDR on July 1st, 1990 paved the way to reunification on October 3rd.

Some thoughts about political humor

Political humor thrives much better under authoritarian governments or in exceptional situations than in democracies under normal circumstances.

Hungary, a place for Germans to fraternize before reunification

I haven’t been able to return to Hungary since 1987, but I keep in mind some occurrences that just won’t happen again.

Civilizational swaggering in Free China in the 1980s

In the 1980s, people in Taiwan were still proud of their Chinese cultural heritage. Sometimes, I mentioned places in Europe which also have an impressive history, like Cyprus.

Democracy à la Merkel

German Chancellor Angela Merkel, raised in a communist household in a communist state, never fully understood real democracy. The recent scandalous events in Thuringia proved it again.

May 2nd, 1945: Berlin, hour zero

Berlin´s surrender on May 2nd, 1945 and my long stay in Valencia are somehow related.

Personal background and name choice

I'm neither Dutch nor am I a sailor, but in a way I identify with that legendary figure. Please read a little about the reasons for my cosmopolitan restlessness.

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