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Customs and traditions Personal experiences

Some thoughts about political humor

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

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European Politics Personal experiences

Why I like Danes

Read some facts, anecdotes and very personal views about the author’s favorite neighboring country Denmark.

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European history Personal experiences

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.

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European history European Politics

Trianon: Hungary’s dismemberment after WWI

The Treaty of Trianon, which Budapest was forced to sign 100 years ago, marked the end of historical Hungary.

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European history

Dark days in the Golden City of Prague

Horrible events took place at the end of World War II in Prague.

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European history

Bleiburg 1945: the beginning of a mostly forgotten tragedy

The atrocities committed by the Independent State of Croatia during World War II are quite well-known, but what happened immediately after it collapsed in 1945 remains mostly in the dark.

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European history Personal experiences

Stalin’s cathedral and other controversial Russian World War II memorials

Due to the current virus pandemic, this year’s WW II Victory Parade in Moscow had to be postponed. The special meaning of this historical event remains unchanged, though.

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European history Personal experiences

Germany 1945: surrender or liberation?

There’s hardly any controversy about Germany’s unconditional surrender in May 1945 anymore, but that’s mostly due to a very selective view of history.

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Media and entertainment Political correctness

Politically correct German murder mystery

Using taxpayer’s money, Germany’s public television keeps broadcasting excruciating political propaganda.

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Asian history Asian Politics

In memoriam Lee Kuan Yew

Lee Kuan Yew (1923-2015) was the father of modern Singapore.

This is a translated and updated version of an obituary authored by me, published in the German weekly Preußische Allgemeine Zeitung on the 4th of April 2015.