The most active independent news organisations in Germany are weekly magazines, notably, 'Der Spiegel' and 'Focus'. Both have interesting websites. A tv news channel n-tv also offers live streaming over the net. For an overview of the German and International press, Netzzeitung is an effective online service. Internatoinally, a useful guide to tv stations streaming via the internet can be found at wwitv.vom
German Science is dominated by the presence of two large research societies, which play a decisive role between the Universities, Industry and Public Services - the Max Planck Society is concerned with pure research and the Fraunhofer Society with applied projects, both have approximately 70 distinct institutions and research centres.
There are about 100 Universities in Germany. Their sites tend to be overwhelmed by a multitude of personal and project sites and web addresses. It may be advisable to use the major European sites, such as CERN as a starting point. Exchange programmes can be set up via European programmes, like Socrates, or directly with the DAAD, the German Academic Exchange Service. University research funding is handled via the DFG.
Like many other Institutions in German Society, the Learned Societies have a tendency to be regionalised, with the exception of the Berlin Brandenburgische Wissenschafts Academy, whose membership is national.
|MEDIA Three sites are sufficient to finds links throughout the German media. Horizont.net is associated with the specialist trade paper for the advertising and marketing industry, Horizont. Also online for advertising is W&V, adverts and sales, heavily used by the industry. The Church may at first sight an unlikely source of media news, however German Bishops and Priests sit on many committees throughout society and their information service, the Evangelical Press Service, is particularly informative about new developments in film and media. Broadcasting is regulated by a collaborative group of regional Boards and the Medien Anstalt Berlin-Brandenburg has a useful and easy to navigate site for non-Germans. For an independent voice on German media: www.iminform.de, is unusually rewarding.|
|CULTURE After many years of debate, following the appointment of a Government Minister for Culture, the German Government have recently enabled the creation of a National Trust for Culture. The German Council of Culture, includes almost 200 significant cultural organisations in eight sections among its membership. The clumsily named Preussische Kultur Besitz administers the principal collections of art and antiques in Berlin. The Lost Art Internet Database is available in German, English and Russian language versions. As a starting point for information about Film and Cinema, the FilmFoerderungAnstalt, Film Subsidy Authority, is a national body and a useful source of statistics about the industry. For theatres in Berlin, the best set of links come from the Volksbuehne, under the heading - Links - Weitere Berliner Buehne. A developing site intended for German theatre professionals is theaternetz,|
EUROPE The European legislation framework is becoming increasingly important for public administration, funding and in setting standards for industry and commerce throughout Europe with conventions and agreements on a wide range of issues and activities. Political debate at national level is routinely carried out in relation to proposed European legislation and policy decisions, though national politicians in all the member countries tend to play down the common element of policy making and suggest that they are initiating policies at national, local, or regional levels. EUROPEAN UNION For European Union funded research projects, the Cordis site in Luxembourg provides an enlightening introduction.
Two statistical presentations have been incorporated within the Content-TV site. The first is from Robert Worcester's presentation, "What Europeans Really think about America" incorporating data from the recent MORI poll for the German Marshall Fund and Uma Moorthy's presentation of Eurobarometer data on "Attitudes to the European Project"