Roberto­­­ Giardina

Germany
What’s sprouting in the Black Forest

When Germany’s Green Party won an important recent election, many wondered if this motley crew of tree-hugging idealists could govern. But look closer: the Party has produced a new crop of realists.

Europe
Good old days of the Öst

The demise of communism conjures images of freedom-hungry East Germans flooding to the West. Over time, though, some of them – working mothers in particular – realized that it wasn’t all that bad.