Part of being an American is having a good laugh at yourself every now and again. In that spirit, we have collected a few of the main “types” of American that you will find in the beer halls of Munich or laying on the banks of the Rhine. With so many US nationals in Germany (in the past ten years, 324,000 have made the move here), it's likely you know one of these types or you'll meet one of them soon. Heck, maybe you're one of these types yourself! Here are 13 types of Americans to be found around and about in Deutschland. 1. The exchange student "Being in Germany, I just feel like so...cultured." Man reading outside of the Bundestag in Berlin. Photo: DPA We have all come across this American - they came to Germany for a semester to "improve their German", but spend most of their time hanging out with the other international students. The spend all of their time outside of class eating bread and explaining … [Read more...] about The 13 types of American you meet in Germany
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ON MARCH 25th 1957, with the shadow of the second world war still hanging over them, six European countries signed the founding treaty of a new sort of international club. The European Union, as the club came to be called, achieved success on a scale its founders could barely have imagined, not only underpinning peace on the continent but creating a single market as well as a single currency, and bringing into its fold ex-dictatorships to the south and ex-communist countries to the east, as it expanded from six members to 28. Yet even as today’s European leaders gather in Rome this weekend to celebrate the 60th anniversary, they know their project is in big trouble. The threats are both external and internal. Internally, the flaws that became glaringly evident in the euro crisis have yet to be fixed. Prolonged economic pain has contributed to a plunge in support for the EU. Populist, anti-European parties are attacking the EU’s very existence—not least in France, … [Read more...] about Can Europe be saved?
03/04/2018 By Le News Leave a Comment In 1989, war correspondent Edward Girardet came face to face with Osama Bin Laden. Bin Laden threatened to kill him. This time around it’s money and principle rather than his life that are at stake. On 4 April 2018, he’ll be in a French court defending himself against a defamation charge brought by a French mayor, a situation he describes as stupefying and an attack against freedom of the press. Peter Hulm, who writes for Global Geneva, the Geneva-based magazine that Girardet founded, explains the background and larger context of the situation in the following article. Innovative journalism has been Edward Girardet’s watchword since the beginning of his career. Not that he ever promoted himself as a reporter producing original work that few others could emulate. Few people could have made a living out of telling New York taxi-drivers on radio about the seemingly arcane activities of the United Nations in Geneva, as Ed was doing … [Read more...] about How a Swiss-American journalist ended up in court for defending French cultural heritage
All that talk about a 51st state has always seemed pretty far-fetched - but in terms of travel links, the United States and Britain have never been closer. Last month, on March 25, the hugely ambitious low-cost airline Norwegian launched a four-times-a-week direct service between London Gatwick and Chicago - and followed up this expansion of its route network two days later (March 27) by throwing in a thrice-weekly non-stop connection between Gatwick and Austin, the state capital of Texas. Good news? Yes. Not least for the consumer, who has an increasing wealth of choices if they want to travel to the USA from Britain - especially if they include the equally enterprising Scandinavian rivals Wow Air and Icelandair, who have been merrily adding American routes to their schedules in recent years. That these flights go via Rekjavik is, via a fair dose of clever marketing (Wow Air offers stopovers in Iceland for no extra charge), seen as something of a virtue rather than a hindrance. Add in … [Read more...] about 10 enticing US cities you’d never thought to visit – but can now fly to direct
In tiny Marion, North Carolina, the Buchanans decided that $1,800 a month was too much to pay for health insurance, and are going without it for the first time in their lives.In Harahan, one bend of the Mississippi River up from New Orleans, the Owenses looked at their doubling insurance premiums and decided no, as well. “We’re not poor people but we can’t afford health insurance,” Mimi Owens said.And in a Phoenix suburb, the Bobbies and their son Joey will go uninsured so the family can save money to cover their nine-year-old daughter Sophia, who was born with five heart defects.Across America there are thousands of people like the Buchanans, the Owenses and the Bobbies making the same hard decision to go without health insurance, despite the benefits. They’re risking it—betting that they’ve got enough savings, enough of a back-up plan, or enough luck to get them through a twisted knee, a cancer, or a car wreck.Bloomberg is following a dozen … [Read more...] about Why Thousands of Americans Are Risking It and Skipping Health Insurance