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Why is there no Silicon Valley in Europe? is the question I am trying to explore in this article that was published by the Huffington Post Germany in September 2014.

Professor Everett, teacher at Georgetown and the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy offers his view on the German Energy policy. It was published by the Huffington Post Germany in January 2015. The English version is published here.

  •  MUT abc für Zivilcourage. Ein Handbuch gegen Rechtsextremismus

Mut_ABCVon Januar bis Mai 2008 habe ich als Redakteurin bei der Webseite www.mut-gegen-rechte-Gewalt.de gearbeitet, einer Webseite, die vom Magazin Stern und der Amadeu-Antonio-Stiftung gegründet wurde. Eine tolle Zeit mit meinem journalistischen Mentor Holger Kulick, der mir die besten Seiten Berlins gezeigt hat. Dieses Buch ist ein Ratgeber für all die Mutigen, die sich rechter Ideologie entgegenstellen wollen oder müssen. (Erhältlich bei Amazon)

This booklet is a guide for all those people that are looking for creative ways of how to cope with political extremism. It was published by the Amadeu-Antonio-Foundation, where I had been working as a reporter for six months in 2008. There is no English version available, maybe that should go in my ToDo-List.

  • Einsatz: Ein Magazin der Journalistenakademie der Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung

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http://www.kas.de/upload/dokumente/jona/2010/JONA_Einsatz.pdf

Drei Wochen, 20 Nachwuchsjournalisten: Berlin, Potsdam, Gefechtsübungszentrum, Flug mit der Transall nach Pristina, fünf Tage im Lager der Bundeswehrsoldaten, vier Tage zum Schreiben in der Sanitätsakademie in München. Das Ergebnis: Tolle Geschichten, ein Journalistenpreis und für mich eine sehr prägende Erfahrung, die mein Bild der Bundeswehr als auch der Deutschen Außen- und Sicherheitspolitik geprägt hat.

Three weeks with 20 journalists in training: from political headquarters to fighting preparation to Pristina, Kosovo, where we spent five days with the German soldiers. A humbling experience.

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The German World – through His Eyes

Be careful what you wish for: When Pouya and I decided to relocate to Germany we were telling our friends that it would be an adventure. It’s surely been adventurous, but maybe not the adventure that we had associated.

  • Schorle!

The first word he perfected was “Schorle”, that is the German’s drink of choice: Juice mixed with sparkling water (that kind of sparkling that makes you burp immediately). After a few weeks in the country of Schorle, he was “Schorle’d out” and now we have been trying to order tab water – something that still seems to be an offense in German restaurants, which is funny given that German water is pretty clean on a world scale.

  • Amt!

The first world within the German world he detected was “Amt”, the public administration. When he registered in the town of Aalen the lady behind the counter asked him if he had already registered for “GOA”. He was a little confused since we will be traveling to Goa, India later this year and he was wondering how that lady possibly knew that. Goa, however, is the local trash agency, also called the trash-mafia. Trash is a serious matter in Swabia.

  • Wochenmarkt-Bag

Last weekend he came home in the morning from the baker. Since we’re living in the middle of town we can watch the crowds walk towards the local produce market on saturdays. He dragged me to the window and told me that he has a hypothesis: You are only an eligible member in the Aalen weekly market when you are carrying a wood braided basket. And he was right, every one was carrying the same bags.

  • No!

No, there is no good customer service here. No you cannot return something after 2weeks. No, there is no services that offer convenience services. No, the concept of good enough is not present: You do or you do not and if it is not built to last forever it shall not be build at all.

We are currently in Canada. At Thanksgiving dinner a family member asked Pouya what he thinks is so different about Germany, how this small country is able to compete on so many levels globally. And he told a fascinating and complex story of a nation that values work-live-balance, efficiency and incremental improvement.

The adventure in my head has little to do with what reality currently provides. Administrative craziness knows no boundaries and I have no more conniption fits to give. Yet, there are also wonderful things: weekends with friends from school, great healthy food, enough time for sports&family

It has been five years in the United States and I slowly understand I have hit a point of no return: I am the one who has changed and now experience the country with a different mindset. It is hard to discuss this with Germans that have not left as they think I am pissing on my home turf or think of myself as deserving more when openly admitting that I am struggling with being in Germany. The concept of home is something many of my international Fletcher friends have redefined for themselves and I am currently doing the same. It certainly helps to do this with Pouya whose eyes are open to the small things that I am sometimes not able to appreciate anymore.

This is us last week at the Munich Marathon where we both ran a 10k race – at freezing temperatures.

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