One is on changes in family life and motherhood in Germany as more women enter the labour market.
This is hardly a new topic, of course, but there are elements in the article that touch upon what I've found to be a distinctive mixture of modernity and traditionalism in my adopted homeland.
Much of it focuses on Bavaria, where these tendencies are, in my experience, more marked than usual.
As is kind of summed up in this passage:
Even five years ago, all-day schooling in Neuötting seemed unthinkable, Mayor Peter Haugeneder said. There is a crucifix in his office, in every classroom of the Max Fellermeier school and even in the Spanish-themed restaurant run by the gay butcher.
Also related in some way is an article on the increasing tendency for men to marry women who earn more and are better educated than they are.
There are, apparently, men who have a problem with this, causing some frustration in the world of dating.
Ms. Zielinski, the fashion stylist, said her best friend, a man, told her once: “ ‘You are confident, have good credit, own your own business, travel around the world and are self-sufficient. What man is going to want you?’ He laughed, but I found that pretty depressing.”
If true, it is.