German Empire

What brought Turks to Germany was not the German Empire that formed an alliance with the Ottoman Empire and was destroyed together with it in the First World War, but the economic growth experienced in Germany following the Second World War. Living with the Turks has taught the Germans a thing or two about integrating with the world, and that Turkish (and `post-Turkish`) population is going to play a major role in Germany`s future. Remember what Goethe said in his `West-Eastern Divan` a little over two centuries ago: “He who knows himself and others will realize Berlin is widely regarded as one of the most fascinating cities in the world.

With its historic structures like the centuries-old Charlottenburg Palace on the one hand, and its modern buildings designed by some of the leading architects of our day on the other, we witness in Berlin an extraordinary juxtaposition of old and new. And the figure of a bear, symbol of the city representing the creative imagi

Winter Cure


Add a teaspoon of chestnut honey to a cup of lukewarm water steeped with fresh ginger, a stick of cinnamon, a cardamom pod and a slice of lemon every morning. During the day have a bowl of homemade yoghurt mixed with a teaspoon each of turmeric, ginger, nettle seeds and grape pips.

When you catch a cold, your metabolism slows because it is fighting a weakened immune system and retains water to protect itself. To prevent this, have an extra half liter of the water and herbal teas you usually drink. Drinking some of this water tepid with a slice of lemon aids the metabolism. If you like, you can add a tablespoon or two of fruit juice or fruit-flavored soda to make it even tastier.

The vitamins A, C and E and the minerals selenium and zinc are the body`s extermination team when it comes to fighting infection.

Citrus fruits, pomegranates, kiwi, red pepper and broccoli area a good source of vitamin C, which destroys enemies that att

Broad Beans


500 gr broad beans, 50 gr green onions, 1 carrot, 30 gr olive oil, 1 tae spoon sugar, 2 close of garlic, 1 tsp salt, 1 table spoon finely chopped fresh dill, 1 table spoon flour.


Shell the broad beans. Cut the carrot in julienne strips and saute in a pot with the garlic. In a separate bowl mix the flour with the lemon juice and 2 cups of water and pour over the sauteed mixture. Add the shelled broad beans, green onions, salt and sugar and bring to a boil. Cook until tender, then cool. Add the chopped fresh dill and serve.



2 red bell peppers, 4 table spoon yoghurt, 2 cloves of garlic, olive oil.


Roast and skin the peppers. Cut in strips. Crush the garlic and mix well with the yoghurt. Spread the garlic yoghurt over the roasted peppers and drizzle with olive oil.




Automobile and Germany

Germany is celebrating the 125th anniversary of the birth of the automobile with a wide range of events. Museums are offering an insight into its fascinating history. Austria is a shoppers paradise compared to anywhere in the world. Onfo Switzerland and the USA can beat us, in fact, when it comes to numbers of digniped …

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The Price of Water

Vienna can boast the world’s best tap water. But is that a reason to charge for a glass of it at a restaurant?

An acquaintance of this columnist just posted a message on Facebook, and it wasn’t friendly. He wrote that, having dined that evening at a pizzeria in central Vienna, when settling the bill, he was enraged to find he had been charged €1.30 for a quarter-litre of tap water.

For a while now a small but increasingly bitter struggle has been building, not just in Vienna but across the country, over the value of water. The crux of the disagreement: should restaurants be allowed to charge for bog-standard tap water? It being perfectly normal custom to do so in other countries, particularly in regions with a strong dependence on tourism, increasing numbers of Austrian gastronomic outlets have begun charging for tap water if it is ordered by customers. Otherwise, they