A hearty welcome to The Huffington Post Germany. As of today, my colleagues and I will offer a news network covering a broad range that will open a new perspective on a new era. Here you will find all the stories that move us daily: reports about political crises, economic successes, fascinating innovations and the new stars in the entertainment sky.
Unlike normal news sites you will not only find news, analyses and features. The exchange with readers, the exchange with you, is a focal point for us. We will not only take your impulses, comments and suggestions seriously, you can be part of the debates yourself and publish thoughts and ideas in your own guest articles. The Huffington Post sees itself as a platform where readers, experts and journalists discuss, argue and promote important issues of our time. We believe that the time for this has arrived.
In the United States, The Huffington Post, founded in 2005, has become one of the most widely read news sites -- and thus far bigger than the New York Times. During its growth authors of the web site set publishing standards and won the Pulitzer Prize last year -- the most important award in American journalism.
This success story began with a small editorial office in New York. Eight years later, hundreds of permanent staff reporters are working at The Huffington Post headquarters on Broadway alone.
We want to continue this story in Germany -- and accompany the debates of our time in new ways. We want to become indispensable to you in the coming years because we treat all big issues in our own way. And there is no shortage of big issues.
Germany's economy is doing well, but nobody knows how the crisis of the European Monetary Union will develop. That will keep German politics busy as well as climate change and the question of a just balance between the generations when a declining number of young people has to shoulder the pensions and existence of a growing number of the elderly.
We will approach these issues from different perspectives - also including those of foreign countries. The Huffington Post is, besides the USA, in Canada, France, United Kingdom, Spain, Italy, North Africa and Japan, soon also in India and Brazil.
We will benefit in Germany because we can accept contributions from our sister-offices. Thus a global media network emerges from the many Huffington Post editorial offices, a kind of CNN of the future, with more than 700 journalists worldwide. And colleagues in other editorial offices in turn benefit from each others texts. After all, foreign interest in Germany has rarely been as high as today. Young people from all corners of the world move to Berlin, Munich or Cologne to study, start businesses or simply to make music.
This is the Germany about which you will read a lot over the coming months in The Huffington Post -- from different national and international perspectives.
At the same time, we always want to put the viewpoint of the younger generation at the center since the younger ones among us will be affected at some time by many of the decisions taken today, but they have neither a lobby nor a political voice.
We also want to venture a positive look into the future and want to describe the possibilities and opportunities of new technologies and digitization.
This page wouldn't exist without the pioneering spirit of our founder Arianna Huffington who believed in the power of the Internet and the debates taking place there when she founded The Huffington Post.
This pioneering spirit is our obligation, especially since I have the impression that Germany has turned from a country of technology pioneers into a land of technology skeptics. Of course, we are concerned about the risks of new ideas, but our first view is focused on the opportunities.
I am pleased that we were able to secure many exciting personalities as authors: Federal Labor Minister Ursula von der Leyen is among them, ex-tennis-star and Twitter-fan Boris Becker, art collector and owner of the Karstadt-department store-chain Nicolas Berggruen and CEO of Telekom René Obermann In addition, technology bloggers like Sascha Pallenberg of Mobilegeeks and the Berlin actress Rebecca Lina who writes "Ivory Child," a charming blog about her children-fashion label and everyday life between child and career.
The Huffington Post is now open to all of you: filmmakers, scientists, actors, writers, techno-apologists, chefs, athletes, mothers and fathers.
Whether you are famous is not important. Important is that you have something to say. If so, you can write at The Huffington Post about the topics that move you. More than 50,000 guest authors have already done it in the U.S. edition -- and every day there are more.
The Huffington Post is like a talk show where readers can decide every day if they want to take a seat in the auditorium or on stage. This way, the site combines the best capabilities of the Internet: it's fast, multimedia, interactive - and it is constantly evolving. This fascinates me, as already described elsewhere.
If you can't find something let us know and write us at firstname.lastname@example.org. And also do so if there is something that you don't like about us or -- of course -- if you like what we do. And now let's get started and let the debate begin. It'll be an exciting time. After all, this is only the beginning.