Die Welt, 16 November 2012

Ärzte verweigerten Abtreibung – Schwangere tot

In Irland hat der Tod einer jungen Inderin eine Debatte über das Abtreibungsgesetz ausgelöst: Die Ärzte hatten der 31-Jährigen einen Schwangerschaftsabbruch verweigert, obwohl ihr Leben in Gefahr war

Das jahrzehntelange Ringen um Irlands Abtreibungsgesetzgebung hat nun ein Gesicht. Savita Halappanavar, in der 17. Woche schwanger, starb in einem irischen Krankenhaus, nachdem ihr Ärzte mit Verweis auf die Rechtslage eine Abtreibung verweigert hatten. Read the rest of this entry »

SpOn, 29 October 2012

Land der begrenzten Möglichkeiten

Früher galt: Wer in Deutschland Professor werden möchte, sollte die USA kennen. Heute wollen viele Nachwuchsforscher gar nicht hin oder schnell wieder zurück, berichtet das Hochschulmagazin “duz”. Zu teuer sind die Staaten – und zu risikoreich Read the rest of this entry »

Guardian, 18 September 2012

Berlin’s housing bubble and the backlash against hipster tourists

Skyrocketing housing costs in Berlin can’t be blamed on an influx of ‘foreigners’, but are in fact fuelled by the global financial crisis

I recently moved back to Berlin after four years in London, and it seems half of London had the same idea. When I walk down the familiar streets of my old neighbourhood, where the most exotic sight used to be the local kebab shop, I now hear posh kids from the home counties discuss their nightly exploits and see stylish Swedes sipping espressos. It all suddenly feels like Dalston. Read the rest of this entry »

Guardian, 15 August 2012

Why Germans love the enigmatic Angela Merkel

The German chancellor’s private personality and cautious economics have led to astonishingly high approval ratings

She is “Europe’s most dangerous leader“, the “Iron Frau” who is “dragging us towards the abyss“. Angela Merkel’s handling of the euro crisis, it is safe to say, has not been met with approval on the world stage. Read the rest of this entry »

Beyond Glitter and Doom
The Contingency of the Weimar Republic

(Munich: iudicium, 2012)

ed. by Jochen Hung, Godela Weiss-Sussex, Geoff Wilkes

The Weimar Republic has received more attention in academic research and popular culture than almost any other period in German history. Nevertheless, its prevailing historical image remains surprisingly simplistic: it is often seen as an era of accelerated cultural progress on the one hand and extreme political unrest, social upheaval and economic crisis on the other, a view epitomized in the ubiquitous image of the ‘dance on the volcano’. Read the rest of this entry »

Beyond Glitter and Doom
The New Paradigm of Contingency in Weimar Research

in: Beyond Glitter and Doom. The Contingency of the Weimar Republic, ed. by Jochen Hung, Godela Weiss-Sussex, Geoff Wilkes (Munich: iudicium, 2012), pp. 9-15.

The Weimar Republic has received more attention in popular culture and academic research than almost any other phase in German history. But despite the plethora of books, films, exhibitions and articles on the period, its prevailing image remains surprisingly simplistic. Read the rest of this entry »

“Der deutschen Jugend!”
The Newspaper Tempo and the Generational Discourse of the Weimar Republic

in: Beyond Glitter and Doom. The Contingency of the Weimar Republic, ed. by Jochen Hung, Godela Weiss-Sussex, Geoff Wilkes,  (Munich: iudicium, 2012), pp. 105-18.

In the historiography of the Weimar Republic, the concept of ‘generations’ has often been drawn upon to explain the anti-democratic and reactionary attitude of the youth and its role in the demise of the first German democracy. Using the example of the newspaper Tempo, published 1928–33 with a decidedly generational focus, this chapter aims to show that the contemporary debate about youth and generations also had a strong pro-democratic and liberal current that has often been ignored by historians. Read the rest of this entry »

Guardian, 22 December 2011

German aversion to the ECB printing money isn’t about the ‘national psyche’

To understand German fiscal policy, it is necessary to look beyond the cod psychology about a fear of 1920s hyperinflation

Over the last few months, during all the hand-wringing and arm-twisting at the multiple summits to save the euro, one question seemed to unite the quarrelling nations: what’s wrong with the Germans? Specifically, there has been some bafflement as to why Angela Merkel is so squarely opposed to a more active role of the European Central Bank. Why won’t Germany agree to the ECB buying up Greek or Italian bonds? Read the rest of this entry »


Sace ELDER: Murder Scenes. Normality, Deviance, and Criminal Violence in Weimar Berlin, in: German History, vol 29 (2011), No 3, pp. 666-667.

In the Weimar Republic, the explosive rise of homicides and murders after the Great War was a staple statistic used by cultural critics of all political colours to illustrate Germany’s moral and social degeneration. Read the rest of this entry »

SpOn, 15 September 2011

Denn sie wissen nicht immer, was sie tun

Zum Marketing gezwungen: Britische Forscher müssen künftig die gesellschaftliche Relevanz ihrer Vorhaben nachweisen. Denn die Regierung in London ändert die Finanzierungs-Regeln. Das Hochschulmagazin “duz” zeigt, warum Wissenschaftler ihre Freiheit bedroht sehen Read the rest of this entry »