Welcome to the German Review!

The German Review is a website and newsletter that discusses German news and current affairs in English.

Edited by journalist Jörg Luyken, it exists to give expats in Germany a deeper look into political and societal issues that are impacting their lives, but which are rarely dealt with by the English language media.

Why are east Germans so reluctant to get vaccinated? How come the German government dropped the ball so badly on the Wirecard scandal? And what does the German obsession with foraging for wild mushrooms tell us about their inner soul?

The choice of topic can be eclectic, but the approach is always the same: providing properly researched articles on key questions surrounding German politics and society.

Here’s how it works:

Subscribers receive a newsletter every Monday afternoon which addresses one key issue in greater length while also keeping you up—to-date on the most important developments in Germany over the past seven days.


Those who want to go even deeper can become members and thus receive two further editions each week. Membership costs €5 per month or €50 per year. You also get full access to an archive of over 100 articles and the chance to join in the debate below the line.

There are no adverts on the newsletter, so membership contributions help it to survive!

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About Jörg Luyken:

Based in Berlin since 2014, I used to edit the Local Germany. I write regularly for the Daily Telegraph and more occasionally for German outlets such as Der Spiegel and Die Welt.

Some of my articles in other media:

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)

What explains Germany’s long-standing love affair with homeopathy? (The Local Germany)