The attacks in Paris on November 13th were a shock for the German public. Not only because France is a neighboring country, but also because many viewers of the soccer match between Germany and France heard the three suicide bombs near the stadium go off live on TV. Even after the explosions and also after French president François Hollande left the stadium where he was watching the game, German TV kept showing the match. Many netizens ask whether that was the right decision.
Because of solid intel that a terror attack might have taken place, a soccer match was canceled in Germany,yet German netizens are joking about it.
Former West German Bundeskanzler (chancellor) Helmut Schmidt: At the age of 96 he passed away on November 10th, 2015. The chain-smoking ever grumpy-looking politician was as beloved as he was controversial: Even after his death he caused a ruckus on Twitter.
David Cameron takes the gloves off: He handed in his demands for Britain to stay in the EU. Annoyance is the #1 reaction in German social media. Why? The German Gist gives the top four reasons why #Brexit (=Britsh exit) was trending on German Twitter.
German media reported that auto manufacturer Volkswagen is accused of having manipulated diesel-fueled cars in the U.S. only to turn on emission controls when being tested. The next day, #Volkswagen and #dieselgate are trending on German Twitter. Twitter users and other netizens are appalled, but they are also a bit suspicious given the circumstances.
Donald Trump is famous because he is rich. As a politician he is relatively new on the German radar. Since he has entered the race for president, his shenanigans have been featured on the news and have caused some debate among German netizens.
This week’s word is Heimat. A noun with many too-insufficient English translations that makes German bloggers emotional.
While many Germans volunteer to help out refugees, others resort to cursing and slamming refugees online. “Not okay,” says the German government and has asked Facebook to delete such comments. Facebook on the other hand seems reluctant to do so.
When news broke that people in the village of Clausnitz tried to block refugees from entering and reaching their assigned residence, Germany started talking about Nazis.
After the events that took place in big German cities on New Year’s Eve came to light, one part of the public debate was focused on whether it is politically correct to name the perpetrator’s origin or whether that is racist because it would play into the hands of the ones who have been warning of things like that happening all along?
Christmas in Germany—that means hot mulled wine, Christmas markets, and family—this year it also means discussing a TV commercial by a supermarket chain that makes death a subject of social media discussion.
Wir schaffen das—we can handle it, said chancellor Angela Merkel about the influx of refugees in August 2015. The big question is how. Therefore The German Gist gives an overview of what German politicians suggest should be done now.
In an opinion piece published by the conservative newspaper Die Welt,the academic Roland Kaehlbrandt, who has been working for various foundations explains why it is worthwhile to learn German.
“German is undervalued, especially by its own liguistic community”. He continues to explain why that shouldn’t be the case in his article. The German Gist gives you a condensed translation.
Okay, everybody knows that football (soccer) is a popular sport in Germany, but this is not the only sport which excites German people. What are the other top five most popular sports?
The German parliament has decided: Germany will participate in a combat mission in Syria. Some politicians and the majority of German netizens are against it. The German Gist gives you the most common reasons.
On December 2nd, the German Federal Intelligence Service published an analysis that categorizes the desert nation Saudi Arabia as “impulsive”. However, Saudi Arabia has reserved eighteen billon Euro to buy tanks from German manufacturers. This contradiction is reason enough to cause a discussion in Germany.
After the Paris terror attacks on November 13th still thousands of refugees coming to Germany every day. But how do the German citizens, media and politicians think about that after the events in France?
One day after the terrorist attacks in Paris, Alex Diehl, a singer from Bavaria posted an emotional song on his social media page. Just a few days later about 160,000 people shared the video and it was played six million times. What is it about the song that speaks to so many German netizens?