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The British think tank Chatham House just completed phase two of an interesting study. The first phase polled 10,000 Europeans on a host of public policy issues, including immigration. The top-line result -- a whopping 56% of European oppose further... Continue reading
Posted 6 days ago at German Joys
Sadly, the late website Stuff White People Like (dogs, roller derby, TED talks, the World Cup, black music that black people don't listen to anymore) lives on only as a kind of never-updated Internet ghost ship. If it were still... Continue reading
Posted 7 days ago at German Joys
From the invaluable website Our World in Data, a map comparing the relative happiness of East and West Germany: Who knew that the taciturn Schleswig-Holsteinians were the happiest Germans? Continue reading
Posted Jun 19, 2017 at German Joys
Ahh, German women. What can you say about them? On average, they tend to be clean, orderly, practical, tallish, amply-chested, of normal weight, with shoulder-length straight hair, and less heavily-tattooed than their sisters to the North, at least for now.... Continue reading
Posted Jun 16, 2017 at German Joys
Dutch pissoirs, which reduce problems with public urination. Some of them even retract into the ground outside peak hours. There are many of these in Germany as well. This is one of the reasons Northern Europe has the most livable... Continue reading
Posted Jun 11, 2017 at German Joys
Many thanks to Marek M., who pointed me to this chart based on a report provided by the German government to the Bundestag on 15 December 2016 (pdf, numbers from p. 245). This is it -- the one chart everyone... Continue reading
Posted Jun 6, 2017 at German Joys
The German journalist Sascha Lobo looks (g) at all the fatal terror attacks in Europe between 2014 and 2017 using a very restrictive definition and finds that all of them were Islamist in nature. But even more telling, all 24... Continue reading
Posted Jun 1, 2017 at German Joys
Holger Kreitling in Die Welt has an amusing article (g) on Arte, the joint French-German public television channel. Arte is conceived as highbrow television, broadcasting classical concerts, operas, political debates, and documentaries on everything from Claude Sautet to Heidegger to... Continue reading
Posted May 31, 2017 at German Joys
Posted May 30, 2017 at German Joys
The U.S. is famous in Germany for its 'runaway' juries which hand down zillion-dollar lawsuits against poor defenseless companies. Yet, as I told my dumbfounded students, Germany is a far more litigious society than the USA. In fact, according to... Continue reading
Posted May 30, 2017 at German Joys
"At times, Walser's stylistic prowess tempts him to believe that style is all. But never for long, since, in spite of his precarious life on the margins, he was also a writer with strong convictions about how people should behave,... Continue reading
Posted May 27, 2017 at German Joys
The New York Times reports on an Afghan family of six which chartered a luxury yacht to illegally enter Europe: It was a far cry from the rotting fishing boats and overstuffed dinghies that carry so many thousands of migrants... Continue reading
Posted May 26, 2017 at German Joys
Over at Social Europe, the Danish political scientist Peter Nedegard notes that the Danish Social Democratic Party finally admitted its core supporters (1) don't like liberal immigration policies; and (2) cannot be lectured, browbeaten, or bribed into liking them. So... Continue reading
Posted May 25, 2017 at German Joys
The Swedish term for the Overton Window is the "opinion corridor" (åsiktskorridor). Germany has one too, well-described by this piece in the New Statesman from a year ago: What is interesting about the AfD is what it tells us about... Continue reading
Posted May 22, 2017 at German Joys
Behold the German (or "German") menu for McDonald's: Holy superfluous nipple, you might be thinking: it's almost all in English! This must make ordering a breeze even if you don't know German. Not so fast. If you just waltz up... Continue reading
Posted May 13, 2017 at German Joys
[source. A handy German field guide to Muslim head coverings. I see the four on the left every time I leave the house, although the niqab remains pretty rare; I see it 2-3 times a week, not every day. The... Continue reading
Posted May 11, 2017 at German Joys
This blog is getting too political lately. Now for something completely different. I visited Heltorf Castle Park (g) yesterday, an English-style landscape park from the early 19th century located on the very northern outskirts of Düsseldorf. It's part of the... Continue reading
Posted May 7, 2017 at German Joys
Critics of uncontrolled mass immigration claim that importing large numbers of Arabs means importing backward attitudes toward women into Europe, which will inevitably cause problems. Of course they're right, as a recent ambitious Promundo/UN study of gender attitudes in the... Continue reading
Posted May 5, 2017 at German Joys
In Foreign Policy: One year ago, Germany was named the “best country” in the world, according to a poll by the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School. The poll relied on criteria measuring entrepreneurship, power, public education, and quality of life,... Continue reading
Posted May 1, 2017 at German Joys
Christopher Caldwell's 2009 book, Reflections on the Revolution in Europe, is the best book on the European experience with Muslim immigration out there. It avoids the hysterical doom-mongering that plagues North American neo-conservatives and geriatric European reactionaries on this issue.... Continue reading
Posted Apr 30, 2017 at German Joys
A consistent theme on this blog is my suspicion that an unusually high proportion of the young males who were allowed to stroll into Germany presenting forged papers or no papers at all are mentally ill in some way. Probably... Continue reading
Posted Apr 28, 2017 at German Joys
(source) There are around 600 so-called "dangerous persons" (g) (Gefährder) living in Germany. These are people on an official government watch list because they're considered at high risk of committing terrorist attacks or other acts of violence. Most of them... Continue reading
Posted Apr 26, 2017 at German Joys
David Goodhart, author of The Road to Somewhere, on the new political divide that explains a lot more than the old ones: As with most ideas that are controversial but correct, I predict this one will go through a three-step... Continue reading
Posted Apr 25, 2017 at German Joys
“Doing nothing is better than being busy doing nothing.” Lao Tzu, allegedly. Anyone know if this is authentic? Continue reading
Posted Apr 22, 2017 at German Joys