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Spies, memories and the Wall

Stefan and Martina

East German spies from the infamous "Staatssicherheit", or Stasi in short, kept snooping on Stefan Rudolph's father, a Plant Manager in the German Democratic Republic. Stefan, a Mechanical Engineer who now lives in Hamburg, looks back at those days with some nostalgia and a whiff of trepidation in a conversation with The Munich Eye.

The secret police decided that the plant manager could not be trusted because of his "political opinion." Wolfgang Rudolph's 'Secret Service Dossier' said he needed to be kept away from others. This cost him his job. "We as a family crossed over from our hometown, Schwerin, in the East to a village called Moelln near Hamburg in 1984. It was an official 'outward' voyage," says...

Banking Without Boundaries

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Almost two decades ago Bill Gates, one of the founders of Microsoft, famously dismissed retail banks as "dinosaurs". Conservative bankers regularly...

Increasing foreign fighters at Syria conflict

Foreign fighters statistics from Statista portal http://www.statista.com/chart/2658/where-syrias-foreign-fighters-come-from/
  Acording to CNN estimations up to 11,000 foreigners have travelled to Syria to take up arms agains Bashar Al Assad's government. When Islamic...

Ukrainian majority want a single state

Statista chart shows the results of the poll conducted by Pew Research Center
According to a survey conducted by the Pew Research Center and published by Statista, the Statistics portal, an overwhelming majority of Ukrainians...

Republican Shenanigans, it's Democracy Stupid!

GOP has a reputation to maintain
Carl von Clausewitz, a German soldier, once said, "War is politics by other means." But many in the United States (US) today feel that the Republican...

As Syrian conflict continues, neighbors become increasingly involved

No end in sight to Syrian conflict
As the Syrian conflict continues to rage, international tension in the region is reaching yet another high point. Israel has been accused of actively...

French German Relations Under Strain

France and Germany, whose relationship lies at the core of the EU, have seen fraying diplomatic ties recently as policy differences between Chancellor...

Independence referendums since 1957

http://www.statista.com/chart/2730/independence-referendums-since-the-second-world-war/
"Should Scotland be an independent country?" 4.3 million Scots answered this question yesterday after months of anticipation, discussion and debate....

Quarter of a million students descend on Germany

Over 300,000 students making their way to Germany
Most of the incoming 300,000 students prefer not to leave the country once they have finished their studies. For Education Minister Johanna Wanka the...

Germany's first minimum wage - 8.50 Eur

Finally, a minimum wage for Germany
Germany's first ever legislation for a minimum wage has been set by Chancellor Angela Merkel at 8.50 euros an hour (£7; $11.75).  The law will come...

Germany leads the way in Syrian refugee resettlement

Germany first in Syria refugees resettlement
In the free world there exists a tradition on welcoming refugees from war, revolutions or civil conflicts. The Syria Civil War has produced 2,5...

Pakistan goes to key elections

Pakistan elections can be violent affairs
For the first time in Pakistan's 66-year-history, the South Asian nation which is a key ally in the US war on terror, goes to the polls to replace one...

Bavarian parliament under pressure to cease nepotism

The Bavarian State Parliament is turning up the pressure on those accused of nepotism within the government branch. Barbara Stamm has called for the...

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