Cayla Doll

Why German Gov’t is Telling Parents to Destroy Cayla Dolls

By Stephen Fuchs on Email @StephenWFuchs

Parents in Germany were given a seemingly unusual direction on this week as the country’s telecommunications department, the Bundesnetzagentur (Federal Network Agency), issued an order to completely destroy any Cayla dolls they might have, and the request was made clear that it is more than a recommendation — the doll is …

Sources: Bundesnetzagentur,  Sueddeutsche Zeitung

Photo: Genesis Toys

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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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Lidl Carts

Lidl Announces U.S. Launch Will Happen Earlier Than Expected

By Stephen Fuchs on Email @StephenWFuchs

Lidl fans will have something to look forward to this summer as the German discount grocer announced on Wednesday that they were preparing to open their first round of stores much sooner than originally planned. Instead of the previous late-2017 or 2018 launch, Lidl will start opening the doors to …

Sources: Reuter

Photo: Thomas Schlosser [Flick]

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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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Die Rekruten

German Military Targets Millennials with Reality Show ‘Die Rekruten’

By Stephen Fuchs on Email @StephenWFuchs

The United States military is pretty crafty at recruiting new members, including sometimes subtle tie-ins across a range of media, but they aren’t the only ones relying on non-traditional sign-up methods. Germany, a country which has had to keep military efforts low-key since the end of World War II, isn’t …

Sources: Die Rekruten, Public Radio International

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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DTB Cup Womens Team

Oops! Nazi-Era National Anthem Played for German Team at Tennis Cup

By Stephen Fuchs on Email @StephenWFuchs

During a tennis tournament in Hawaii on Saturday, the game between the US and German women’s team was filled with controversy before the match even started. In a moment when each team is given respect with the playing of their national anthem’s, the German players were met with the most offensive version …

Sources: CNN

Photo: DTB via Twitter

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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Couple Romance - Plenty of Fish

Plenty of Fish Rates German Language the Sexiest of them All

By Stephen Fuchs on Email @StephenWFuchs

What is the sexiest language? French? Italian? Spanish? According to a new in-house survey by online dating site Plenty of Fish (PoF), none of those top the list. German on the other hand, the language often characterized as harsh and angry, made the cut and it found itself coming out on top. …

Sources: Plenty of Fish

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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Trump Podium Speaking

Trump’s First Weeks in Office Saw Record Drop in German Trust

By Stephen Fuchs on Email @StephenWFuchs

US President Donald Trump has had a busy first few weeks in office, making deals and executing campaign trail promises through executive orders. His actions have done little to improve his favorability at home, and those numbers abroad show an even deeper lack in trust over foreign interactions. And while …

Sources: Die Welt

Photos: DoD photo by D. Myles Cullen [Flickr], Avaaz [Flickr]

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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Spiegel Trump Liberty Crop

Spiegel Defends Cover of President Trump Beheading Liberty

By Stephen Fuchs on Email @StephenWFuchs

Let’s face it, any magazine cover of US President Donald Trump is sure to ruffle some feathers. If painted in a positive light, the far left will cry fowl. Make him look bad? The far right will come to his defense and shout ‘fake news’. So when Germany’s Der Spiegel released …

Sources: Reuters

Photos: Der Spiegel

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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Polar Bear Fritz Berlin Zoo

Most Adorable Baby Polar Bear Shall Be Named Fritz

By Stephen Fuchs on Email @StephenWFuchs

I think its safe to say that Germany’s latest polar bear cub can melt the heart of even the coldest of people, but until today, this cuddly white bear has gone nameless. Born at the Berlin Tierpark Zoo in November of 2016, zoo keepers were only able to determine its gender …

Sources: Berlin Tierpark Zoo, DW

Photos: Berlin Tierpark Zoo

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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refugees help boost German population

Refugees Help Boost German Population to Record Highs

By Stephen Fuchs on Email @StephenWFuchs

Germany has long struggled with an aging population that has seen its death rate surpass new births, but despite the negativity surrounding the million-plus refugees entering into the country since 2015, they are responsible for reversing the trend and have boosted the German population to a record-breaking 82.8 million people. The Federal …

Sources: Reuters

Photo: Metropolico.org [Flickr]

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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Muslim Ban Protesters

Merkel Sides Against Trump’s Muslim Ban as 100,000+ German Citizens Could Be Affected

By Stephen Fuchs on Email @StephenWFuchs

There’s no escaping the widespread coverage of President Trump’s recent executive order instituting a Muslim ban for individuals who are linked to seven Muslim majority countries from entering the United States. Protests erupted at airports across America over the weekend and a wide array of American politicians, CEO’s and world …

Sources: Reuters

Photo: Kenneth Lu [Flickr]

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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