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A German in Romania

Name and Surname: Jenny Berger

Age: 22

Country: Germany

Nationality: German

City: Berlin




  1. Which is the form of government ruling in your country?

In the Federal Republic of Germany we have a parliamentarian democracy. That means that the most important political decisions are made by a parliament, which is voted by people. Then this parliament votes for the government.  The German government, also called “the Cabinet of Germany”, consists of the chancellor (currently Angela Merkel of the CDU, a really conservative party) and the cabinet ministers.

«This is the “Fernsehturm” – I don’t like it that much, but it’s one of the greatest symbols of Berlin»

  1. Do you believe corruption exists in your country? How much do you think it influences political life and your private life?

I am sure that corruption exists in every country, some people are just easily suborned. Mostly corruption is very well hidden and kept as a secret. There are some articles I read a few years ago about corruption in the early 2000s in Germany and about the people who made it public. They say corruption is definitely increasing and campaigns that work against it are fewer and fewer. A current article I found states that still more and more cases are getting exposed. Those affairs have a huge potential to influence the political life and for sure my private life as well, though this happens indirectly.

  1. Which is your national language? Do dialects exist in your country? If they do, are they used/known by young people?

The national language is German, but there are dialects in every region. I am not sure how many young people are using them, but it might be a lot. Though people who speak in a dialect are sometimes considered less educated and that is why most people, especially those who work in public positions, try to speak in a standard German. Which is kind of sad for me, because dialects are really interesting and make people unique in some points.

  1. Who do you believe to be the cultural icon of your country?

A cultural icon, or probably the most known German band in the world, is Rammstein. But of course Germany has and had a LOT of important writers, thinkers, philosophers and musicians.

summer in Berlin«aaaaaaaaaaand I think this one is really typical for summer in Berlin: everyone is sitting on the street, drinking coffee, watch perople passing by»


  1. Do you consider yourself European?

Europe, or the European Union, is fiction to me. Fictive borders, fictive nations. But still, yes, I consider myself a European citizen.

  1. Are you able to name a person that you consider symbolic for European culture?

I can’t name a person, but I think most of the European ideas, ideologies and trends are delivered through pop culture. So it is the mainstream that defines (for non-Europeans) who and what we are, or at least what is perceived by the general public.

Klunkerkranich 1«This is one of my favorite places in Berlin, called “Klunkerkranich”. It is a garden/bar/cultural center on the roof of a parking house»

Berlin, bucarest, Bucharest, Erasmus, Europe, featured, German, Germany, Merkel, Rammstein, Romania

Francesca Gabbiadini

Nata in valle bergamasca nell’inverno del 1989, sin da piccola mi piace frugare nei cassetti. Laureata presso la Facoltà di Lettere della Statale di Milano, capisco dopo numerosi tentavi professionali, tra i quali spicca per importanza l’esperienza all’Ufficio Stampa della Longanesi, come la mia curiosità si traduca in scrittura giornalistica, strada che mi consente di comprendere il mondo, sviscerarlo attraverso indagini e ricomporlo tramite articolo all’insegna di un giornalismo pulito, libero e dedito alla verità come ai suoi lettori. Così nasce l’indipendente Pequod, il 21 maggio del 2013, e da allora non ho altra vita sociale. Nella rivista, oltre ad essere fondatrice e direttrice, mi occupo di inchieste, reportage di viaggio e fotoreportage, contribuendo inoltre alla sezione Internazionale. Dopo una tesi in giornalismo sulla Romania di Ceauşescu, continuo a non poter distogliere lo sguardo da questo Paese e dal suo ignorato popolo latino.

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