AfD – 6 months on

On September 24, 2017, a nationalist, anti-immigration party called Alternative for Germany won 12.6 percent of the vote in parliamentary elections, coming third behind the center-left Social Democrats and Angela Merkel’s center-right Union bloc. The result sent shock waves through German politics and drew intense scrutiny abroad because of the country’s Nazi past. Yet attention […]

A final song for Coco Schumann

I’m sure every journalist has some stories they regret not getting round to. I know I’ve got a few. One involved a German-Jewish musician whose life story is so amazing it’s hard to understand why they haven’t made a Hollywood movie about him yet. Coco Schumann dodged the Gestapo as a teenager, playing ‘forbidden’ swing […]

How to turn carbon dioxide into fertilizer, fuel or plastic

A couple of weeks ago I wrote carbon capture, a process whereby CO2 is removed from the air and either stored safely underground or used to make other useful resources. One of the companies working on this is Thyssenkrupp. The steelmaker has a vested interest in reducing its carbon footprint and will be opening a […]