Are the years in the GDR just biographical ballast? What did “We can do it!” in 2015 mean specifically? Why is Israel’s security part of Germany’s reason of state? Three outstanding Merkel speeches demonstrate the great moments of her chancellorship – but also that a turning point has really occurred since then.

It’s hard to find fewer thoughts and more gibberish than in the “Bild” columns of this agonizingly embarrassing Faselhanse: “The Islamization of Germany is in full swing. That’s what every Arab taxi driver tells you.” As far as Islamization is concerned, I’m not so sure – but after reading this book I’m quite convinced that Germany is becoming idiotic.

“If I’ve managed to stay fit for many years, then so can you! All you need is discipline and willpower.” That’s right. Even if the same applies to writing the “Magic Mountain” or the composition of the “Rosenkavalier”, this book by the sports doctor Müller-Wohlfahrt collects useful tips for activating yourself.

7.) Christiane Hoffmann: Everything we don’t remember (CH Beck, 279 p., 22 €.)

Christiane Hoffmann traces her father’s escape route from Silesia to the West in the winter of 1945 and tells the story of her family. A book that has a particularly powerful effect on the refugees and displaced people in our present and is becoming more topical.

While the focus of this essay is on the need for a new interest-driven foreign policy and the end of our monkey love for the US, Dohnanyi also provides a compelling analysis of the strategy of Putin’s Russia. Of course, today he would no longer write sentences like: “Is there a risk that Russia, as the energy supplier of Germany and Europe, has made us so dependent on its foreign policy that we have become vulnerable to blackmail? During the Cold War, the Soviet Union never even attempted to use Germany’s dependence on Russian gas supplies as a means of exerting pressure on German politics.” Tempi passati – unfortunately.

A psychological guide that offers help for difficult life situations in 101 short chapters. Some things are very keenly observed: “People who have lost love … know that you cannot always stay with the person you love most forever, but it will take forever to try to find that realization to process.”

Intellectually under-complex life memories of a professional soccer player who is now active as a patron in Ethiopia.

The Vicar General of the Speyer diocese settles accounts with the structural deficits of the Catholic Church that have been known for decades – dealing with women, LGBTQ, child abuse – and explains why he converted to the Old Catholics.

An introduction to politics with side glances at the European stage, economics and geopolitics. This book is probably aimed at young readers, at least I expected more from a non-fiction book by the moderator of the “heute-journal”. But as Slomka writes: “To endure annoying journalists is also a sign of a liberal democracy.”

“You can’t explain what’s going on in the head of a depressed person,” writes Kurt Krömer. That’s an absurd admission when you plan to write a book about your depression and journey into therapy. As much as I feel sorry for the patient, the flat, snarky language of this book annoys me, and its scatological style – “fuck it”, “fuck it”, “the relationship sucked” – is really annoying.