German

Call for More German in Europe

German chancellor Angela Merkel's conservative coalition is calling for an increase in the use of German in Europe in its campaign program. If the conservative members are re-elected in September, they will push for the language to be treated on a par with English and French in the European Union (EU). “We will push for a further strengthening of the...

Berlin

On November 9, 1989, the border between East and West Berlin opened. The German Democratic Republic (GDR) and the Federal Republic of Germany (FRG) reunited under a modified FRG constitution almost a year later on October 3, 1990. And in 1991, the newly reunified German Parliament decided that the once divided metropolis, which had been the capital of Prussia,...

Goethe Institute

The Goethe Institute is the culture institute of the Federal Republic of Germany. As such, it promotes the study of the German language as well as the cultural understanding between Germany and other countries. From visual arts to literature, from television and radio to theater and dance, the Goethe Institute runs the gamut in its promotion of the culture...

Going Deutsch

Kate Sommers-Dawes explores destinations in which to learn the language of Goethe Spreading from Germany throughout Austria, Switzerland, and beyond to become the most widely spoken language in Europe and the second most commonly spoken language in Eastern Europe (after Russian), the German language has become prominent in business, publishing, and research. Germany, which possesses one of the world’s largest...