The German state of Lower Saxony became the final state to abolish tuition fees last week. With Lower Saxony’s decision, all 16 states now provide free public universities once again.
Tuition Fees Abolished
"We do not need to look so far to realize that the transatlantic relations that were a certainty for my generation – the generation born in post‑war Germany – can no longer be taken for granted today," Foreign Minister Steinmeier wrote in an article on the occasion of the 40th anniversary of the Aspen Institute in Germany.
Steinmeier in Die Zeit Newspaper
During the weeks leading up to the 25th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall, we will be posting the stories of our colleagues. We asked each of them one question: where were you when the wall came down? Here is Sabine Messerer's story.
One of the most prestigious publishing prizes in Germany will be awarded this weekend to American author and computer scientist Jaron Lanier. Lanier is the somewhat controversial author of “Who Owns the Future?” and “You are Not a Gadget.”
After swimming 2.4 miles, cycling 115 miles and running the entire Honolulu Marathon, Sebastian Kienle was crowned, “Ironman” in Hawaii on Saturday. In the 36th annual competition, Kienle finished the race in 8 hours, 14 minutes, and 18 seconds.
Kienle Wins Ironman
Physicist Stefan W. Hell has been selected for the Nobel Prize in Chemistry together with American researchers Eric Beitzig and William E. Moerner for breakthroughs that have made nanoscopy, the ability to use microscopes to study the tiniest molecular details, possible.
European Space Agency astronaut Alexander Gerst has become the third German to complete a spacewalk. Together with American astronaut Reid Wiseman, he ventured into open space for more than six hours on October 7.
In March, Berlin became the first city to establish a unique domain name, .Berlin, for web traffic specific to the city. Now, the regions of Bavaria and the “Ruhr” have officially released their own domain names: .bayern and .ruhr.
.bayern and .ruhr Go Online
When you were little, you might remember nagging your parents persistently to buy you something in a store. Germans would have called you a Quälgeist, which basically means "a pest."
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