189360_178858615513434_776171_nWelcome to my website.

Journalism has not only been my job for over 20 years, but it is also my passion. I love to write stories, take pictures, and share news. Plus, I’ve always enjoyed the “mechanics” of creating a publication – on paper, on air, or now online.

So I hope you’re having fun, and discover something new and interesting – about life in the US and Germany, Transatlantic Relations, International Politics.


Christina Bergmann


Photo: Ingo Roman Becker

Cold War Dinosaurs

Minuteman Missile Silo South Dakota

Minuteman III Missile Launch Facility/Missile Silo Delta 09

The Cold War is long over – but in the Midwest of the US there are still relicts, like this Minuteman Missile Site in South Dakota, 75 miles east of Rapid City on Interstate-90 (I-90). The missile shown below is a dummy, there are no longer any active sites in South Dakota.  The START Treaty signed in September 1991, directly led to the deactivation of 150 Minuteman Missiles of the 44th Missile Wing in western South Dakota.

Minuteman Missile Dummy

But there are still 450 Intercontinental Ballistic Missiles on 24/7 alert in F.E. Warren Air Force Base in Wyoming, Malmstrom Air Force Base in Montana and Minot Air Force Base in North Dakota. And they are tested regularly, for example in December 2013 from Vandenberg Air Force Base in California.

More than 500 airmen work in shifts underground – and the ICBM-guards get bored, as Walter Pincus from the Washington Post writes. That’s understandable, because besides waiting, there is not much to do. So it is surprising, that 34 ICBM launch officers cheated on their monthly test rather than using the time to study.

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“We rightly complain when allies overstep the mark when they use electronic surveillance to detect threats. And yet, we prefer to remain reliant on them and hesitate to improve our own surveillance capacities.”

German Federal President Joachim Gauck in his speech to open the 50th Munich Security Conference on January 31, 2014. He talks about Germany’s responsibilities in a changing world and demands a “more substantial” German contribution to conflict prevention. He encourages German universities “to mobilize more than a handful of chairs where German foreign policy can be analyzed”, and calls on Germans to trust in themselves. “We Germans are advancing towards a form of responsibility that has not yet become routine for us”, he says.