AfD · Berlin · Bundestagswahl2017 · CDU · EU · Germany · news · politics

Shifting political contours in Germany

Cable Magazine Scotland, November 1 2017 The German elections in September saw Angela Merkel win a fourth term as German Chancellor. However, her victory was somewhat overshadowed by the shifting political terrain in Germany. Writing from Berlin, Rachel Loxton reflects upon the mood of the election and casts an eye across the issues facing German politics. As… Continue reading Shifting political contours in Germany

Berlin · Bundestagswahl2017 · CDU · Jens Spahn · news · opinion · politics

The politics of language

There’s a chapter in an English as a foreign language text book called: ‘How to avoid saying no directly’. I burst out laughing when I saw it. Is there anything more stereotypically British? I came across it at the language school I work at, where we regularly teach the art of small talk to students.… Continue reading The politics of language

Berlin · Bundestagswahl2017 · news · politics

German Election special: The main players

One of the many things I’ve learned since moving to Germany is that politics doesn’t start and end with the UK. Obviously world politics has always been interesting - and is a hyped-up crazy spectacle right now - but I feel the UK is fairly inward looking. It always frustrated me that the newspaper industry in Scotland,… Continue reading German Election special: The main players

Berlin · news · politics

March 5 2017: Extremism on the march – Nazi shadow hangs over Germany’s resurgent far right

Sunday Herald, March 5 2017 AMONG all of Germany's political parties the far-right Alternative für Deutschland (AfD) was the only one to cheer on Donald Trump's surprise presidential victory. The party, founded just four years ago on the back of the Euro debt crisis, may appear to stand alone but it has managed to gain… Continue reading March 5 2017: Extremism on the march – Nazi shadow hangs over Germany’s resurgent far right

Berlin · Germany · news · Refugees

November 28 2016: Ein Syrer heilt sein Kriegstrauma mit modernem Tanz

Die Welt / WeltN24, November 28 2015 Auf seiner Flucht nach Deutschland entdeckt der Syrer Omar den modernen Tanz. Seine neue Leidenschaft hilft ihm, den Krieg in seiner Heimat zu verarbeiten. Einige seiner Freunde finden das albern. Omar Meslem Ikrose sitzt in einem Café in Osnabrück und trinkt Kiba. Mit Hunderttausenden seiner Landsleute teilt der… Continue reading November 28 2016: Ein Syrer heilt sein Kriegstrauma mit modernem Tanz

Germany · news · politics · Scotland

March 1 2015: Germany’s far-right Pegida movement sets up in Scotland and plans anti-Islam march in Edinburgh

The Sunday Herald, March 1 2015 Rachel Loxton and Imran Azam The first demonstration by the Scottish branch of Pegida, the far-right anti-Islam movement from Germany, is planned for Edinburgh this month. Organisers of Pegida Scotland say they are in talks with police about holding an evening rally in the capital's city centre on March… Continue reading March 1 2015: Germany’s far-right Pegida movement sets up in Scotland and plans anti-Islam march in Edinburgh