Thursday, June 29, 2006

Things I like about Germany- part IV


I realized it during the Soccer World Championship. People were surprised about the friendliness and readiness to help of the German people.
We came in contact with some Americans who came over for the championship (!). They were surprised and had to revise some prejudices about the Krauts.
I think it is also helpful that most Germans speak at least a little English and many of them also a second foreign language. On the other hand many hardly speak any German, well just a joke.
Germany 2006: A time to make friends!


Some people talk about
crisis but Germany has a large variety of noted and qualitative outstanding newspapers. As there are:

Süddeutsche Zeitung (SZ):
My newspaper! I have a subscription since 1990.
Published in Munich. Although the title means literally "South German Newspaper", the Süddeutsche Zeitung is read throughout Germany (447,505 copies). The editorial stance is center-left—leading some to joke that the SZ is the only opposition in the state of Bavaria, which has been governed by the conservative CSU party almost consecutively since 1949.
I enjoy the fabulous sports, feuilleton and economy parts. Opinion leader in Germany besides the
Spiegel and well in some lowbrow aspects the tabloid Bild-Zeitung.

Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung (FAZ):
Founded in 1949, it is published daily in Frankfurt am Main. The Sunday edition is the Frankfurter Allgemeine Sonntagszeitung. It is the second largest newspaper in Germany (406,279 copies). Its political orientation is liberally conservative (as far as such description still makes sense today) with an occasional support for nationalist views, but it is not afraid of providing a forum to commentators with different views.
Traditionally, no photographs appear on the title page of the FAZ.

Die Welt:
"Die Welt" is a German national daily newspaper published by the Axel Springer AG company (that also publishes Bild, see above). It was founded in Hamburg in 1946 by the British occupying forces, and takes a centre-right political position (in its own words, "liberal cosmopolitan").
The average circulation of "Die Welt" is currently about 250,000 which means number three in the German market. Daily regional editions appear in Berlin and Hamburg, and in 2002 the paper experimented with a Bavarian edition.

Following are:
Berliner Zeitung (207,800 copies)
Frankfurter Rundschau (FR; 186,942 copies)
Der Tagesspiegel (148,000 copies)
die tageszeitung (taz; 68,414 copies)

At last I want to mention the weekly newspaper

Die Zeit (weekly, 475,342 copies)
Die Zeit is a German nationwide weekly newspaper (literally translated: Time). It is the most widely read German weekly and has a very high reputation as a quality newspaper. The publishing house is seated in Hamburg. The first edition was printed February 21, 1946.
The founding publishers were Gerd Bucerius, Lovis H. Lorenz, Richard Tüngel and Ewald Schmidt di Simoni.
Another important founder was Marion Gräfin Dönhoff, who published Die Zeit from 1972 to her death in 2002, from 1983 onwards together with former German chancellor Helmut Schmidt, later joined by Josef Joffe and former German federal secretary of culture Michael Naumann.
The paper is very centrist and high brow, and has oscillated a number of times between slightly left-leaning and slightly right-leaning. It is known for its very large physical size and its long and detailed articles.

I grew up and therefore I would like to mention it, with the northeast Bavarian newspaper
Frankenpost (literally: Franconian mail), exactly its layer "Selber Tagblatt" (I went to school in Selb). The editorial stance was center-left in former days, I don't know if this has changed. The result of elections changed from social democratic to conservative, also in this former stronghold of porcellaine and textile industry.
I remember the horrible sports coverage of Rugard Knöchel. He had the worst writing style. Oh, I just read, that he has
retired. Lucky readers. Maybe I should go and apply for his job.

I have lost the thread and so I will finish for today. Good night and good luck.


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