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Kevin Drum has the most intelligent commentary on the Greek debacle I've read in a long time, so I think I'll steal it: Greece bears plenty of blame in this whole debacle. They borrowed way too much when their economy... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at German Joys
There's a heat wave going on in Germany right now. Trains are screeching to a halt, asphalt is melting, and people are flocking to local lakes to cool off. Yesterday, in this part of Germany alone, four adults drowned (g)... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at German Joys
The head of the Federal Ministry for Migration, Manfred Schmidt, describes the situation (g) in Germany: It is still the case that a large fraction of asylum applications come from Western Balkan states, which means they have no chance of... Continue reading
Posted 5 days ago at German Joys
One day soon someone's going to fly a camera mini-drone over an East German nude beach. Then take a look at the resulting files, delete them, and sell the drone on eBay. Continue reading
Posted 6 days ago at German Joys
No matter how irreligious Germany gets, it shares with many Western European countries a common cultural heritage of Christian natural law thinking, especially about human dignity. This makes Germany queasy about things such as in vitro fertilization, surrogate parenting, embryo... Continue reading
Posted 6 days ago at German Joys
In some Muslim countries, over 50% of marriages are arranged, and involve cousins: A sophisticated recent study finds that this inbreeding is associated with truly staggering losses in IQ: We found significant decline in child cognitive abilities due to inbreeding... Continue reading
Posted 7 days ago at German Joys
A few days ago I pointed out the weak provisions of the German non-discrimination law on housing discrimination. It's only fair, though, to point out that the same law does prohibit discrimination in the workplace based on sexual orientation (g).... Continue reading
Posted 7 days ago at German Joys
The blog 'The Philosophical Worldview Artist (Weltanschauungskunst für alle Weltanschauer) run by one Douglas Robertson (no idea who he is) publishes fine translations of German-language texts, including this typically scorching 1984 interview with Thomas Bernhard: FLEISCHMANN: But surely with distance... Continue reading
Posted Jun 28, 2015 at German Joys
And on a similar note to the last post, the US Supreme Court just held (pdf) that the Constitutional guarantees of equal protection and due process of law require gay marriage to be recognized in all 50 states. Leftward-drifting Catholic... Continue reading
Posted Jun 26, 2015 at German Joys
Yesterday the U.S. Supreme Court decided Texas Department of Housing and Community Affairs v. The Inclusive Communities Project, a case about the Fair Housing Act, a law passed by Congress in 1968 to combat housing discrimination: De jure residential segregation... Continue reading
Posted Jun 26, 2015 at German Joys
Visiting Belgium last weekend I came across a 'concentration' (as it's known in French) of classic Citroen DS cars. They're beloved all over the world, including the USA. Why, even the Wall Street Journal loves them, which means this may... Continue reading
Posted Jun 23, 2015 at German Joys
I love my readers, I really do, and I enjoy the comments on this blog, which are often more interesting than the stuff I write. But recently, in response to posts about immigration, the comments have basically been "Dude, that... Continue reading
Posted Jun 22, 2015 at German Joys
One reason Danes may not wish to receive increased immigration from Islamic countries is that Danes are intolerant haters. Another reason may be that these immigrants (.pdf) have much higher crime rates, higher use of social benefits, and lower employment... Continue reading
Posted Jun 21, 2015 at German Joys
The right-wing Danish People's Party experienced almost a doubling of its support, the New York Times reports: In an election that turned on economic uncertainty and fierce debates over immigration, Danish voters on Thursday ousted their center-left government in a... Continue reading
Posted Jun 20, 2015 at German Joys
Nicholas Farrell, a British writer who lives in Italy, looks at that country's refugee crisis without the wishful thinking. He reports a number of interesting facts, including (1) 70% of the refugees are from sub-Saharan Africa and Pakistan; (2) only... Continue reading
Posted Jun 20, 2015 at German Joys
The New York Times finds cultural differences explain the U.S.-European tech innovation gap: There are institutional and structural barriers to innovation in Europe, like smaller pools of venture capital and rigid employment laws that restrict growth. But both Mr. Kirkegaard... Continue reading
Posted Jun 19, 2015 at German Joys
Not only do I never eat raw meat or fish, I don't think other people should either, as I have argued on this blog. Now comes yet another data point for why people shouldn't eat raw meat or fish: Koi... Continue reading
Posted Jun 16, 2015 at German Joys
As the Wall Street Journal reports, via Steve Sailer, many of the 'refugees' coming across the Mediterranean to Europe are, as this blog has pointed out repeatedly, anything but: Senegal is a stable West African democracy, and Kothiary has profited... Continue reading
Posted Jun 14, 2015 at German Joys
Pew recently studied the views of various EU nationals toward certain minorities. The main results in three graphs: A few observations: -- Italians really don't like minorities very much, do they? All the ones I know do, though! -- Roma... Continue reading
Posted Jun 11, 2015 at German Joys
Me, yesterday: Hardly a day goes by without some pundit, usually American, chastising Germany for having a barely-functional military and for staying out of most international conflicts. American pundit Roger Cohen, today: But a fundamental problem remains. Postwar Germany is... Continue reading
Posted Jun 5, 2015 at German Joys
Parke Nicholson joins the chorus of Americans urging Germany to increase military spending intervene more abroad foreign policy. Problem is, Germans don’t want this: A majority of the German public for the first time favors an “independent approach” from the... Continue reading
Posted Jun 3, 2015 at German Joys
A perennial chestnut of my comparative-law seminars is the treatment of Muslim women who wear headscarves in the USA and Germany. So my news ticker let me know that a woman named Samantha Elauf just won her case before the... Continue reading
Posted Jun 2, 2015 at German Joys
Germany's migrant policies get a cautiously optimistic review from Canadian journalist Doug Saunders: What about all those tens of thousands of Syrians, Eritreans and Iraqis who don’t end up bobbing lifeless in the Mediterranean or steered at gunpoint back to... Continue reading
Posted Jun 2, 2015 at German Joys
How some of Eva Braun's underwear allegedly reached Ohio: He had traveled with the 506th Infantry from Africa to Europe. He got to Berchtesgaden in time for the liberation of the Nazi headquarters. Underneath Hitler’s home, he and a friend... Continue reading
Posted Jun 1, 2015 at German Joys