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.
Some of the news makes it out to our Facebook and Twitter followers throughout the week, so be sure to follow us one either of those sites if you’re on them. We are also on Google+ and have a special community page there where you can get into a deeper discussion on topics that interest you.
If you find a story that you think would be featured in our Weekly Roundup, send us a quick note using our contact page with the link.
“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?…”
“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.”
“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.”
“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…”
“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.”