Celebrating the 200th Anniversary Year of Richard Wagner
The celebrations of the 200th anniversary of the birth of Richard Wagner reached their climax on May 22 at the Festspielhaus in Bayreuth when Christian Thielemann, one of the world’s leading interpreters of Wagner, conducted the Bayreuth Festival Orchestra’s special concert of selections from Die Walküre, Rienzi, Götterdämmerung, and Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg. Afterwards, Wagner pilgrims from around the world were set to gather in the center of the “Wagnerstadt” to honor the great composer.
Federal President Gauck and Chancellor Merkel sent letters to President Obama expressing their condolences and those of the German people on the loss of life caused by the devastating tornado that struck the Okahoma City area on Monday, May 20.
Condolences After Tornado
"Germany is in favor of listing at least the military wing of Hezbollah as a terrorist organization in the EU," Foreign Minister Westerwelle said in Amman, Jordan, on Wednesday.
Hezbollah's Military Wing
German Economics Minister Rösler visited Silicon Valley this week, accompanied by members of the German startup scene. His trip coincides with the launch of a new subsidized investment program by the German government.
Startups in Silicon Valley
"The vision of a transatlantic single market now gives us an opportunity to infuse the transatlantic partnership with new momentum. In a dramatically changing world, we have to turn to our common strengths in order to shape globalization in line with our libertarian values."
Iconic American blue jean company, Levi Strauss & Co celebrates is 140th anniversary this year. The company was founded by German immigrant Levi Strauss in 1873 and his patented blue jeans became one of the most recognizable pieces of clothing on the planet.
Something extraordinary is happening in the German Soccerverse. This year, three of the four UEFA Finals teams are from Germany, a first for any country. The men and women of each team are looking to bring German soccer back to center stage, and are certainly doing a good job.
Soccer in Germany
Picture yourself in your dream car, speeding down a band of concrete that stretches all the way to the horizon. Sounds good? Welcome to the German Autobahn.
May the better team win, but which one will it be? A very important question to soccer fans for the upcoming finals, and that is why they say: "Es geht um die Wurst!"
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