Germany

10 Great German Destinations for Year-Round Travel

Trivago.ca | Posted 07.19.2014 | Canada Travel
Trivago.ca

Germany must be doing something right: four time winners of the World Cup and an economic and technological powerhouse. As a travel destination, however, Germany is often overlooked and underrated. With a range of possibilities from picturesque castles to culture-rich cities, Germany is an ideal year-round holiday destination.

World Celebrates Germany's Win

The Huffington Post Canada | Posted 07.14.2014 | Canada

There's plenty of reason to celebrate for Germany, after the country's soccer team claimed victory at the 2014 World Cup. Loyal fans around the wo...

Noor Inayat Khan: The Muslim Spy Who Fought The Third Reich

Hina P. Ansari | Posted 06.11.2014 | Canada
Hina P. Ansari

With our media landscape filled with historical wartime accounts of various heroes and heroines and their respective call of duties, I honestly though...

Remembering Rwanda's Pain and the World's Shame

Ziyaad Mia | Posted 05.26.2014 | Canada Impact
Ziyaad Mia

In the annals of human evil, Rwanda's genocide takes a special place. With a kill rate of about six people a minute for more than three months, it's likely one of the fastest mass slaughters of humans in history. Most were hacked to death by machete, partly because the perpetrators found it cheaper than using bullets.

Ukraine's Breakup Has Nothing To Do With Russia or Washington

Diane Francis | Posted 05.19.2014 | Canada
Diane Francis

Crimea is a pity, and likely victimized by Moscow pressure, but the reality is that Ukraine is a failed state without a government, a constitution that can be enforced, an army that can be called upon to defend its people or an economy. If I lived in Crimea I'd vote for the devil I know (Moscow) rather than the devils to come (Kiev).

Why Dresden's History is Dreadful

Yaël Ossowski | Posted 04.16.2014 | Canada
Yaël Ossowski

The immediate casualties of war and conflict are measured not only in blood and treasure, but also in historical truth. And 69 years to the day since...

My Life as a Secret Back Channel in Iran

Michael Ledeen | Posted 02.03.2014 | Canada
Michael Ledeen

I was a secret back channel to the Khomeini Regime in 1985. So when I read about the current crop of secret diplomats, and their dealings with (thus far unnamed) Iranians, I know what they went through. It's not always fun, rarely glamorous, and always dangerous.

A Lesson From Hitler About the Iran Deal

Rabbi Ben Hecht | Posted 01.28.2014 | Canada Politics
Rabbi Ben Hecht

Whether we like it or not, we live in the shadow of Neville Chamberlain's Munich deal with Hitler. It must affect our perspective on any agreement of this nature. What we learned from Munich, though, was that deals do not finalize the results. What Hitler absolutely taught us was that what one says and even promises is not necessarily what one means.

The World's Most Modest Superpower

Diane Francis | Posted 11.24.2013 | Canada Politics
Diane Francis

Polls in Germany today show Dr. Angela Merkel will win the next election, a stunning result despite her steady hand in support of bailing out the deadbeat neighbours in Europe. She is a political phenomenon and the most powerful female in the world. She is a brilliant, but modest PhD in Quantum Chemistry, who, appropriately, leads the world's most modest superpower.

Merkel Triumphs

AP | Geir Moulson | Posted 09.22.2013 | Canada

BERLIN -- Chancellor Angela Merkel's conservatives triumphed in Germany's election Sunday, and could even win the first single-party majority in more ...

Graffiti on Germany's Elite and Mona Lisa

Diane Francis | Posted 10.29.2013 | Canada
Diane Francis

(caption: street graffiti on Bayreuth sidewalks showing Wagner sticking out his tongue and his "w" initial) BAYREUTH, GERMANY -- Privileged Richard ...

Prison Abuse Steals the Show at Venice's Biennale

Diane Francis | Posted 10.19.2013 | Canada
Diane Francis

Ai Weiwei's most controversial piece, jail-like tombs, was housed in a cathedral that had been put in mothballs but was restored for his off-site exhibit. The six tombs are dioramas depicting his 81 days in jail in China -- sleeping, eating, going to the bathroom, being interrogated, showering and sitting -- in a tiny cell with two guards present at all times.

Energy East Pipeline: Building a Nation on a Nightmare

Mike Hudema | Posted 10.02.2013 | Canada Impact
Mike Hudema

By building a pipeline that further accelerates climate change, tramples Treaty and First Nation rights, and compounds already severe problems, we are not only building our nation on those injustices, we are also saying that we've lost our imagination, I'm not ready to do that. I think we have more in us as a nation.

Lessons From My Father: Strategies for Resilience and Survival

Jill Gabrielle Klein | Posted 10.03.2013 | Canada Living
Jill Gabrielle Klein

My father had to cope with an unfathomable situation: At the young age of 16, he was a prisoner in Auschwitz..Recently, he and I have begun speaking to business executives about resilience--the ability to face adverse events with fortitude and to enact successful coping strategies.

How To Spend 48 Hours In Zurich

Posted 02.07.2014 | Canada Travel

Of the great cities of Europe, Zurich perhaps comes closest to matching the romantic vision of the continent many travellers hold. Zurich is a blend o...

Gut Check: A Gastro Tour Of Berlin

Posted 05.22.2013 | Canada Travel

As Germany’s capital, Berlin has a reputation to uphold. It’s a pivotal city fueling the country’s financial and political landscape. Yet it has...

What Margaret Thatcher Could Teach Women in the Workplace

Diane Francis | Posted 06.22.2013 | Canada Business
Diane Francis

Feminism is about equality and choices. And the unfortunate facts are that women who want to be successful must decide whether to have a family if they are ambitious and, if they do, how to juggle both. Both Thatcher and Merkel had husbands who encouraged and supported them.

Why Cyprus Is Not Your Typical Bailout Story

Diane Francis | Posted 05.24.2013 | Canada Business
Diane Francis

So the Cyprus story is more than just another profligate nation begging for help. This mess may force the unification of this island, and tapping of its resources, at long last for the betterment of all its citizens. It may stop the takeover of a nation inside the EU by Russian bad guys.

Did You Hear the One About the Impotent German and His Neighbour?

Conrad Black | Posted 11.19.2012 | Canada
Conrad Black

In Stuttgart, Demetrius Soulopolos, unable to impregnate his former beauty queen wife, despite what we are assured were very energetic and frequently repeated efforts, engaged their neighbour, Frank Maus, who had two children and resembled Demetrius, to do the trick for 2,500 Euros. Despite the misgivings of his wife, Maus mounted the beautiful woman 72 times in six months, but the desired result did not occur. Demetrius became disillusioned and required Frank to undergo a potency and virility test, which he flunked, as Demetrius had. Then Demetrius sued Frank for violation of the German Honest Services statute. All Germany is awaiting the court's decision.

Fashion has No Borders in Shanghai [Photo Feature]

Ramp1885.com | Posted 09.24.2012 | Canada Style
Ramp1885.com

It has certainly been a global sporting affair this summer. With EuroCup 2012 in the history books, the world is now prepping for more sporting love with the upcoming London 2012 Summer Olympics. In that spirit, we thought what better way to show our love than with this photo feature by Shanghai-based fashion photographer Yocky Zhang. Shot in Shanghai, Zhang takes us on a global excursion filled with flags, colour and international models.

What Italy's Victory Over Germany Really Means

Andrew Pyle | Posted 08.29.2012 | Canada
Andrew Pyle

The irony of Germany's loss to Italy in the Euro 2012 cup will not be lost on those who have been watching the Eurozone financial crisis play out in recent weeks. Germany's Chancellor Angela Merkel has been steadfast in her opposition to a plan for a common debt issuance program (so-called "euro bonds"), while her electorate have turned up their collective noses to calls for additional handouts to the problem centres like Greece.

Will a Soccer Match Decide Greece's EU Fate?

Diane Francis | Posted 08.18.2012 | Canada
Diane Francis

Greeks will watch the Euro 2012 soccer match between their country and Russia before going to the polls on June 17. If the Greeks lose, the country will vote to stay in the Eurozone. If they win, all bets are off. But, like football, forecasting is impossible (unless the games are rigged) which means that anything can happen. Here are three possible scenarios.

Greece Must Go -- and Quebec's Students Too

Diane Francis | Posted 07.22.2012 | Canada Business
Diane Francis

Quebec's unruly students are no different than the Greeks. Both have enjoyed free rides for years, both are being asked to pay their share of the tab and both are refusing to do so. The Greeks are going to fall behind the Romanians in living standards in short order while the students are making a fuss over a pittance. That makes the Quebec students, in a sense, even more irresponsible.

What Does Allan Greenspan Think of the Eurozone Crisis?

Diane Francis | Posted 07.15.2012 | Canada Business
Diane Francis

For nearly 20 years, Alan Greenspan was the most powerful banker in the world as chairman of the Federal Reserve Board until 2006. Here, Greenspan speaks with National Post Editor-at-Large, and Huffington Post contributor Diane Francis regarding the eurozone crisis.

Size Isn't Everything, Baby: The New, Small "Green" Nuclear Reactor

John Brian Shannon | Posted 05.09.2012 | Canada
John Brian Shannon

New hope for the nuclear power industry has arrived in the form of a brand-new nuclear power plant design -- known as small scale "modular" nuclear reactor, which is a profoundly better answer to the ultra-costly retrofitting of very old and large nuclear plants -- and long overdue for most of the world's reactors.