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Baden-Württemberg’s affluent neglect

With more than 11 million inhabitants as of 2017 across a total area of nearly 35,752 square kilometers, Baden-Württemberg is the third-largest German state of...

William Morgan, from revolutionary hero to executed traitor

William Alexander Morgan Ruderth, “el Comandante Yankee”, the American who helped Cuban revolutionary Fidel Castro (1926-2016) to secure victory, was executed by firing squad on March...

Kurusu Saburō, the man who couldn’t preserve peace

Kurusu Saburō, the Japanese career diplomat who as a special envoy tried to negotiate peace with the United States before the outbreak of World War...

Olof Palme, Sweden’s tragic political figure

Sweden’s best-known politician, Social Democratic Prime Minister Olof Palme was assassinated under mysterious circumstances on February 28th, 1986 in his home town of Stockholm. It’s...

Jean-Bédel Bokassa, Commander-in-Chief, President and Emperor

Jean-Bédel Bokassa, from 1966 to 1976 second president of the Central African Republic (CAR) and self-styled ruler Bokassa I of the Central African Empire from...

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...

The forgotten Indian mutiny of 1946

A short, but critical event that hastened the end of British colonial rule on the Indian subcontinent took place on February 18th, 1946: the...

Helmut Schmidt’s mighty German Hair Force

Before Social Democratic politician and World War II Air Force veteran Helmut Schmidt (1918-2015) became Chancellor of the Federal Republic of Germany (FRG), he served as...

Freddy Lim, Taiwanese musician and do-gooder

Acclaimed Taiwanese heavy-metal musician and Leftist politician Freddy Lim, currently a legislator after winning reelection as in 2020 as part of a coalition of...

Hungary commemorates the expulsion of its former German compatriots

On January 19th, 2021, the 75th anniversary of the day when the expulsion of ethnic Germans from Soviet-occupied Hungary began, there was a little...

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