Welcome to the German Review!

I’m Jörg Luyken, an independent journalist who lives and works in Berlin.

I started this newsletter in order to give expats in Germany a deeper look into some issues that are important to their lives, but which are rarely dealt with by the English language media.

Why are people is the east of the country so reluctant to get vaccinated against the coronavirus? How come the German government dropped the ball so badly on Wirecard? And what is it about Germans and their obsession with foraging for wild mushrooms?

My choice of topic is eclectic, but the approach is always the same: to provide well researched articles on some of the key questions surrounding German politics and society.

Here’s how it works:

I send one free newsletter each week. It arrives in your inbox on Monday afternoon and keeps you updated on all the key German news from the past seven days.


There are two further editions, on Wednesday and Friday. These explain the background to two of the most important developments of the week. Membership costs €5 per month or €50 per year. You can try it for free to begin with.

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About me:

Based in Berlin, I write regularly for the Daily Telegraph and the Local Germany as well as running this newsletter.

I have a Masters in International Relations from the University of St Andrews and have worked as a reporter in the Middle East as well as in Europe.

My articles have appeared in Spiegel Online, Die Welt, the Daily Telegraph, Ha’artez, the Jerusalem Post and elsewhere. I previously managed The Local Germany and worked as a research assistant at the European Council on Foreign Relations.

Some of my articles:

The Russian ship at the heart of Europe's pipeline dilemma (Daily Telegraph)

Gerecht ist, was englisch ist (Der Spiegel)

Wie mit der AfD umgehen? ARD und ZDF sollten von den Briten lernen (Die Welt)