Mara Delius

Berlin’s Saviour

"The Humboldt Forum is a spectacular idea. But it will take the right intellectual architect to pull it off. We will have to trust Neil MacGregor"

Forgetting History

"The sudden rise of Pegida suggests Germany hasn’t found a way to digest the idea of immigration."

Anglo-German Exchange

"Just how much Germany has changed is nowhere more visible than in the eyes of its most reluctant ally, Britain"

My Memory of German History’s Proudest Day

I was a ten-year-old living in West Berlin when the Wall fell and a Trabant driven by an overexcited Ossi nearly ran me over on my bike

Words Matter

'With readership in decline, the German press faces not only a dire economic challenge but an identity crisis'

Technology and transparency

‘From time to time, it can be productive to think freely about government across party lines’

Belonging with Britain

‘Maybe the British stance is not born out of an insular stubbornness-it may, on the contrary, re-invigorate the European idea itself'

The Controversy of Cornelius Gurlitt

The case of the art hoarder Cornelius Gurlitt provides illuminating insights into the German character

Hitler Humour

Can Adolf Hitler ever really be a figure of fun?

A Sense of Belonging

That elusive sense of a homeland, Heimat, Mounk found only when he was free not to feel Jewish

Underrated: Abroad

The ravenous longing for the infinite possibilities of “otherwhere”

The king of cakes

"Yuletide revels were designed to see you through the dark days — and how dark they seem today"