Just back from a thought-inspiring week's break in the middle Rhine valley - and a reminder of the achievements of Hildegard of Bingen, Field Marshall Blucher and Johannes Gutenberg. Last year I was able to comment on those of Martin Luther and Friedrich Ebert.
Three points for reflection
1. Does Damscheid (beautiful village in the Rhein-Hunsruck-Kreis, population 640) need a Mayor and, if so, what follows from that decision?
2. In entities where the political tradition is of one where what is not permitted is forbidden, how easy is it for open and competitive market economies to emerge?
3. What are the consequences for 21st century Europe of the fact that Germany was Europe's battlefield for so many centuries?
More on these in the coming posts - and the link to the idea of a true union of peoples