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German tabloids | Optimism v pessimism | Tourism | PMS | Van slogansIn her otherwise excellent and disturbing long read (Get out of my country: how the west fell for a manufactured rage, (27 August), Suketu Mehta includes “the Springer newspapers in Germany” in the list of those “feeding their readers a daily diet of xenophobia”. But the Sun, Express and Mail make the German tabloids look like the Daily Worker. Bild, the largest circulation (Springer) tabloid had huge headlines, about the refugees, saying “Wir Helfen” (We’re helping) and “#Refugeeswelcome”. The tabloids here in general are far less anything-phobic than their UK equivalents.
Brian Smith
Berlin, Germany• The study claiming that optimists live longer than pessimists (G2, 28 August) does not explain why this is so. I wonder whether they’ve got cause and effect the wrong way round. Perhaps people who have good longevity prospects – because they are healthy, wealthy and have good genes – are more optimistic about life than those with a closer horizon.
Roger Dennis
Colchester, Essex Continue reading…



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