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Being constructive


Yesterday night I was watching tv, one of my favorite channels, rbb – the Berlin television. Quite interestingly they have just started a news programme for refugees, in English and Arabic. You can check the website of this program, which comes with a German translation pdf document for those interested in knowing what’s being sad…or interested in learning German, of course…


A first video about Germany cannot ignore the history of the country, which will sound familiar to many refugees: pre-war dictator, war, destruction…post-war dictators…

The website has all sorts of links to “getting to understand people in Germany”, what is allowed in our society – shaking hands, having eye contact, asking questions – and what is not – being disrespectful to women or men, hitting women or children (or men of course). And of course all sorts of practical information. But among telephone numbers for administration offices and public transport information, quite important to get acquainted with the Constitution (or Basic Law).

A constructive action in days of destructive newsflow. size=320x180-1




Some shuttled between Rome and Berlin….some between Milan and Berlin…never easy, always easyjet…the walls came down and up again 馃檪 in the city without walls…the goodbye from Italy was gradual but rational…in the meantime their Euro-commuter stories got stitched on wordpress or on the canvas…but one thing in common: the love for life in Berlin!

Congratulations Stephi and Paolo @ Manufacta Est!


Avus , 脿 vous!

P1050655Another beautiful PAPER book on West Berlin…I love it!


Mauer im Kopf

We have explored countless times stretches of the Berlin Wall. Yesterday we ventured to discover another long German wall, more familiar to us: the Roman Limes, where the Wied rivers joins the Rhine, in the surroundings of Wied. It was a fast blitz, we still need to organise a proper investigation.

Still, it was a nice feeling to see hills and wineyards. It felt “so South” all of a sudden! A fabulous stretch for all “Kurven” lovers.

Photo: Limes: Wikipedia, Motorrad: own.


Crises promote change…EU Nobel Prize for Peace

路聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽 For 60 years, European integration has underpinned the longest period of peace and prosperity that Europe has enjoyed since the times of the Roman Empire.

路聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽 The European Union is a unique venture. It is neither one nation nor a bunch of fully separate nations who care little about each other. It is best understood as a family of nations kept together by mutual long-term interests. The very openness of the European economies (see chart) means that they have no choice but to care for each other.

路聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽 Like other families, the European Union has a core, the euro zone, and some relatives who keep a bit more distance, such as Britain.

路聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽 Shared history, the experience of peace and prosperity over the last six decades and long-term economic interests are part of the glue that keeps the EU, and especially the euro zone, together.

路聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽 It also explains the political will to do what it takes to overcome the euro crisis: debtor countries are accepting austerity and reforms in return for help, creditor countries are willing to put serious amounts of money on the table to support the weaker countries through the current crisis.

路聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽 Crises promote change. We expect the EU, and especially the euro zone, to emerge as a stronger, more dynamic and more coherent place from the current crisis.

This was sent today by Holger Schmieding, Chief Economist Berenberg Bank. I agree, crises promote change. The last big crisis in Europe were the Yugoslavian wars. I hope this time round Europe will not fail so badly as back then.


The ad is on the wall

One of the most beautiful advertising ever. Since we miss a bit Berlin in these days, I need a post to remind me of the strange beauty of the city. And at the time the ad was out, a bit of a spy-story on the Leibowitz photo hit the newspapers….


Across the Limes

I am a keen reader of Limes – Rivista Italiana di Geopolitica. And this time we’re not just reading it, but we’re actually crossing the Limes, the real mc coy one. Continue reading ‘Across the Limes’

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