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Berlin’s underground, railway to hell

From June 4th to June 20th, 2022, I will be in Europe for a rather short visit, as I can’t leave my cats alone...

Dreamland Europe?

The extremely positive image that Taiwanese have of Europe surprises me again and again. It might nowadays even be better than the one they...

Berlin “rent cap” just a mirage

Since December 8th, 2016 Berlin is governed by a coalition government of Social Democrats (SPD), Communists (Die Linke) und the Greens (Bündnis 90/Die Grünen). 30 years...

150 years of German history and nothing to celebrate?

On January 18th, 2021, what was left of Germany after World War II and finally reunited on October 3rd, 1990, could and should have...

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, 1989 by...

Sigmund Jähn, Germany’s communist cosmonaut

Sigmund Jähn, the first German in space, died at his home in Strausberg outside of Berlin on September 21st, 2019. He was referred to...

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 1950: Communists first give away one fifth of Germany

The German Democratic Republic and Poland in July 1950 signed the Treaty of Görlitz concerning their mutual border.

Making some money in the Workers and Farmers’ State

The GDR was never a foreign country for me, and as a student I even did some little business over there.

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.

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