Weekly Roundup: The Inaugural Edition

By Stephen Fuchs on Email @StephenWFuchs

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We’ve decided to start up a new weekly series that highlights some of our favorite German or German-American reads from around the web.  Throughout the week, we come across news that we decide not to write about ourselves for various reasons, but the content is still worth sharing. So every weekend we will be bringing a roundup of those stories to you here.

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“German thrills in US parks” – Pretzel & Beer

Thumb-GermanThrills“Have you had a great Fourth of July weekend? Over the last few days, hundreds of thousands of Americans enjoyed the thrills and rides in amusement parks all across the country – did you know that many of the wildest rides are manufactured by a German company?…”

 

“36 Hours in Munich” – The New York Times

Thumb-36HoursMunich“Munich has long maintained a reputation as a buttoned-up city. But these days, the Bavarian capital is cracking its conservative shell in a push to challenge Berlin as Germany’s cultural capital. In recent months, public pianos surfaced around the city from the “Play Me, I’m Yours” traveling arts project, and prestigious museums have been going through overhauls.”

 

“After the Flood: Life in Germany’s Disaster Zone” – Der Spiegel

Thumb-AfterTheFlood“In June, massive flooding along Germany’s Elbe and Danube rivers caused massive damage across the country. Many families lost everything and it may turn out to be the most expensive natural disaster in the country’s history. Our reporters revisited some of the worst-hit areas one month after the catastrophe.”

 

“Germany Takes Home Nine Medals at WorldSkills 2013” – Germany.info

Thumb-WorldSkills“The WorldSkills Competition, which was held in Leipzig, Germany this year, drew to a close over the weekend. The competitors relished the opportunity to network, compete, and win accolades for themselves and for their country over the week long event. The United States and Germany were among the teams in the competition, and both were very successful…”

 

“Edward Snowden Interview: The NSA and Its Willing Helpers” – Der Spiegel

HONG KONG-US-LAW-SNOWDEN-POLITICS-FILES“In an interview conducted using encrypted e-mails, whistleblower Edward Snowden discusses the power of the NSA, how it is “in bed together with the Germans” and the vast scope of Internet spying conducted by the United States and Britain.”

 

 

Stephen Fuchs
Stephen founded German Pulse and LGBT Germany out of a passion to introduce Americans to a Germany that goes beyond beer and polka (although with enough beer he has been known to polka it up a bit). He's a coffee addict, lover of wine and good times, a hit in the kitchen and editor of TV commercials. You can follow him on Twitter (@StephenWFuchs) to find out a lot more.
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