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The current debate on the concept of “Heimat” in Germany

Germany's new interior minister, Horst Seehofer, is also Germany's first federal Heimat minister. But what does “Heimat” signify? A feeling of home and belonging to a place, a personal comfort zone? Sociologist Armin Nassehi discusses the numerous interpretations of the sometimes controversial term.

A rusting love affair: Germans and their cars

Germany, Europe’s automotive stronghold: in the late 19th century, Carl Benz and Rudolf Diesel invented the petrol and diesel engines. German carmakers Volkswagen, Mercedes, BMW and Audi are today among the world’s leading brands. But their positive image is starting to rust. What’s going on in the birthplace of the automobile?

Quiz: How much do you know about German cars?

How many registered cars are there in Germany? And which car manufacturer of today was the world’s biggest producer of bicycles in the early 20th century? Test your knowledge with our quiz about the most favourite vehicle of the Germans – the car. Have fun!

Happiness as a school subject

Maths, German – and happiness. This is actually a school subject! Ernst Fritz-Schubert, the former principal of a school in Heidelberg, tells us what it is all about and why it is up to the schools to rouse and maintain a joy of learning.

Brass pop

Brass is beautiful

Looking at the figures, eighteen per cent of music listeners in Germany feel comfortable with brass music, while about twice the number can’t do anything with it. Nevertheless, brass bands performing pop pieces have long been filling big halls. Because it doesn’t always have be traditional.