Our columnist ponders existential questions such as: Why are Germans so frugal? Why can't they flirt? Sometimes, the answers can be found in the history books - and sometimes, they require some serious soul-searching.
Peter Zudeick didn't follow the usual path into journalism. He grew up in Solingen close to Düsseldorf and first entered the working world as a policeman. He eventually gave up being a law enforcer to study philosophy, German literature, education and theater in Cologne.
Once he'd graduated he worked as a reporter for the daily regional newspaper Kölner Stadtanzeiger, the radio station SWF3 in Baden-Baden and as a correspondent in Bonn when it was still the German capital. In 1985 he began freelancing for various radio stations.
These days, he concentrates on politics, specializing in commentary, analysis and background. He's also a popular satirist and his 'Look at the Week' has become something of an institution. He's even released a CD featuring highlights from the show.
Peter Zudeick will be contributing to the DW project "Those Germans" with a column that takes an unflinching look at German identity.
Pilots for the German airline Lufthansa have announced their imminent intent to strike, after declaring contract talks at an impasse. The threat of strikes comes amid the peak of the European summer holidays.
A quarter of a century ago the world watched on in fascination as people from the Baltic States formed a giant human chain to demonstrate for their freedom. They have come a long way since.
Russia is using its aid convoy as a provocation. Arbitrary Russian actions only days before planned crisis talks in Minsk are an affront, and not only against Ukraine, Bernd Johann writes.