For more than seven weeks now my leg is in plaster. That does not make me an expert for the needs and concerns of people with disabilities. Nevertheless, my (hopefully) temporary disability made me change my perspective. While I sit in a wheelchair, I look out for people alike. Every eighth German has a disability and around 1.6 million spend their lifes in a wheelchair. The one or the other must be outside on the streets. However,  I haven’t found one yet. So I really wonder: where are all the wheelchair users?
Read More People with disability – where are you?

Gender equality in Germany still needs to be improved. The gender pay gap is immense – given that women on average earn 22 per cent less than men – and the business world in general is male-dominated. One of the most striking evidences for this is that only seven per cent of the board members in the DAX 30 companies are female.  Obviously, there is a lot to do until women and men in Germany are treated as equal. However, some efforts to reach this goal seem rather pointless or even absurd – such as transforming the German language into gender-neutral bafflegab.

Read More Newspeak or ‘How Germans confound Gender with Sex’

We Germans like to measure, weigh, and compare. The results of these efforts end up in all kinds of rankings. Thus, it does not come as a surprise that there are several highscore lists for the German language and its words – some of them make sense, others are rather questionable.

Read More German words: the good, the bad, and the ugly ones