This is an interview that many of us have been looking forward to. The Editrix is a talented writer, with a razor sharp mind who requently disagrees with me. There are those who disagree with whom I have to respect because of their articulate answers. The Editrix lets you know her position on the issues and represents herself eloquently.
1 Does the local identity still exist among Germans? Do people still have regional pride as Bavarians, Prussians or is that concept a thing of the past? In the US, certain localities like Texas, New York have a certain type of strong local identity.
2 Has there been residual issues from the reinification of East and West Germany. What happened to all the State employees of East Germany? Did professionals such as teachers and doctors have update their skills?
3 Is the anti-American sentiment in Germany largely anti-capitalist ir origin or has it cut across the right and left spectrum?
4 What is the correct way to understand Martin Luther. He was a virulent anti-semite,
but he also paved the way for the Protestant reformation of Christianity.
5 On the subject of Art, there is a naive assumption that artistic gifts bestow political wisdom. Can we as people appreciate the works of Degas, Arthur Miller, Wagner despite their odious political views?
6 How is higher education funded in Germany? Does the state pay for higher education?
7 Does Germany have sales and income taxes?
8 What is your opinion of agricultural subsidies?
9 Should people be as outraged at those who deny or mitigate the Armenian genocide as the Holocaust?
10 What are your views on nuclear energy?
11 Are India and China new superpowers? Should they be included at the world summits?
12 What are your views on immigration in Germany? There is talk of a guest worker program in the USA based upon European models. The criticism is that workers seldom go home long after their jobs are finished.
13 How does Germany deal with homelessness? In the USA the issue of homelessness is often intertwined with drug abuse and mental illness. Is the situation similar in Germany?
14 Is violent crime increasing in Germany?
15 Should drug adiction be treated as a medical or criminal matter?
16 Who are the Greens? Are they mostly former Communists? Have they had any major impact on Germany?
17 Is smoking cigarettes in resturants banned in your city?
18 How do Germans view Bismark today?
19 Has the UN become useless in todays world?
20 What is your view on State subsidies for the Arts and Culture? Should the government subsidize Museums, Zoos and the Arts?
21 What American TV shows can be seen in Germany?
22 In the United States the sale of alcohol is restricted to people over the age of twenty one. Do similar laws exist in Germany?
23 What are your views on the current Pope?
24 Do you think the immigrant riots in France could happen in Germany?
25 Does a country like Germany have the right to insist that laws like polygamy and the age of marriage be kept to historic European norms?