The Week in Germany: February 16, 2018

Opening Ceremony, Berlinale 2018

Opening Ceremony, Berlinale 2018, © Geisler-Fotopress

Press release

*Note: A premature version of this newsletter was sent out this morning. As we transition to a new website and a new content management system, we apologize for any inconsistencies with our formatting. Please click “View Online Version” at the top of this e-Newsletter to view this with its images.

Dear TWIG Readers,

The 68th Berlin International Film Festival (Berlinale) has begun!

The renowned film Festival opened Thursday with a world premiere screening of Isle of Dogs, a film about a group of outcast dogs in Japan that must fight for survival. Over the course of the next few days, about 400 films will be shown at the Festival, 24 of which compete for Awards known as Golden and Silver Bears.

The Berlinale is the world’s largest publicly attended film festival, selling around 300,000 tickets for its events each year. Prominent celebrities and politicians plan to attend the event, including German President Frank Walter Steinmeier. With the Berlinale bringing new talents to the spotlight and the Winter Olympics highlighting amazing talents, this month will be sure to keep all of us engaged!

On another note, we are proud to announce that we have transitioned to a new website, Germany.info, which will continue to feature our visa and consular topics. Additionally, we have created our own blog -- www.GermanyinUSA.com, which will be home to all future “Word of the Week” articles, as well as other colorful content from the Embassy.

Nicole Glass

Editor of The Week in Germany

germanyinusa [at] gmail.com

Current Affairs

Sigmar Gabriel
Sigmar Gabriel© PIXSELL

Fostering reconciliation and reform – Foreign Minister Gabriel visits Serbia and Kosovo
Serbia and Kosovo continue to face significant challenges on their path to EU accession. Foreign Minister Sigmar Gabriel wants to strengthen forces for Reform in the two Balkan countries.

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Business & Environment

Electric vehicle
Electric vehicle© www.colourbox.com

Germany to fight pollution with free public transportation
Germany is considering offering free public transportation to reduce car use and cut down pollution in cities.

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The German Embassy endorses e-mobility

The German Embassy endorsed e-mobility with its very own stand at the Washington Auto Show this winter. The German government supports the use of electric cars, offering incentives for consumers and investing in infrastructure and R&D.

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Five new facts about the energy transition

Where progress has been made and where there are problems in the transition to renewable energies.

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theater© www.colourbox.com

Berlin Hosts the Film World: The 68th Berlinale will take place from 15 to 25 February. Ten bloggers and film journalists from around the world will report as Berlinale bloggers for the Goethe-Institut on the international film festival - from a multinational perspective.

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Oldest Fossil of 'Missing Link' Dinosaur Discovered in Germany
Scientists in Bavaria have identified a new fossil from the Jurassic period: what may be the oldest known specimen of Archaeopteryx— once thought to be the feathery link between dinosaurs and modern birds.

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Intern Blog: Sophie Hölscher shares her experiences at the German Embassy

This week, we are introducing one of our interns in the German Information Center, the Public Diplomacy department of the German Embassy. Our Q&A with Sophie sheds light on her experience as a German in the US – and the Embassy!

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'We reclaimed what was taken from my Jewish grandparents - German citizenship'
In early 1939, Renata Rowe’s grandparents and father arrived in Australia ‘stateless’, after escaping the anti-Semitism of Nazi Germany. Over 75 years later, Rowe decided to reclaim her heritage by becoming a German citizen.

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Word of the Week

Familienkutsche© dpa

Word of the Week: Familienkutsche

If you have a large family, how do you transport everyone all at once? In the olden days, you would use a horse and buggy. Today, you might choose to buy a minivan for that purpose - something Germans call a Familienkutsche.

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Additional content

If you have a large family, how do you transport everyone all at once? In the olden days, you would use a horse and buggy. Today, you might choose to buy a minivan for that purpose.

Word of the Week: Familienkutsche

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