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On Monday, an official commemoration ceremony was carried out in a northern district of Berlin at the former home of a music legend.
Rock-pop legend David Bowie, who died in January from cancer, lived in Berlin's Schöneberg neighborhood from 1976 to 1978 and recorded three albums in the nearby Hansa Studio.
The ceremony to honor the singer's time in Berlin was attended by the city's mayor, Michael Müller. The main street through the neighborhood was shut down for four hours during the ceremony due to a huge crowd that turned out for the event.
Also presenting the plaque were Bowie expert Tobias Rüther, who is a literary editor at Frankfurter Allgemeine Sonntagszeitung, and Eduard Meyer, from the Hansa Studio.
The plaque recognizes the three albums Bowie recorded at the Hansa Studio while living in Berlin: "Heroes," "Low" and "Lodger" as a significant trilogy in music history.
The plaque was prepared by the Royal Porcelain Factory in Berlin, which was founded in 1763 by Frederick II of Prussia.
Prince William will visit North Rhine-Westphalia Tuesday afternoon in celebration of the 70th birthday of the federal state which was once controlled by British forces after World War II.
On August 23 seventy years ago, the state was established in the part of Germany occupied by the British as one of the Allied nations. Prince William will visit British troops stationed in NRW and will also meet Chancellor Angela Merkel.
He will start by honoring the 20th Armoured Brigade and meet soldiers and their families at a reception.
Preparation for his visit were underway all week at Düsseldorf's Ehrenhof where he will be received together with state premier Hannelore Kraft. Gardeners planted flower beds, security personnel prepared for the crowds and forty cooks created a flying buffet of state specialties from mustard soup to curried sausage and the city's favorite beers. "We're excited to have Prince William as our guest," Christoph Enderlein, of catering company GCS, told Kölner Express, a regional tabloid.
Next month, E.ON spin-off Uniper will go public, marking a symbolic milestone in Germany's transition to renewable energy.
Klaus Schäfer is the man in charge of Uniper, unlovingly referred to as the energy conglomerate's "bad bank." Yesterday he laid out plans for the subsidiary, which derives most of its energy from burning coal and gas, to be able to stand on its own two feet. Its flotation will also serve as a test case for RWE, the country’s second-largest utility, which is also splitting itself up to deal with Germany’s shift to green energy.
Mr. Schäfer also announced figures, posting a net loss of €3.9 billion. But the 49-year old finance specialist also pointed to Uniper’s doubling of operating earnings to €1.1 billion in the first six months of this year.
After working at Morgan Stanley in London, Mr. Schäfer began at E.ON as head of corporate strategy in 2000. He became the chief executive officer of Uniper this January.
Klaus Betz, the former head of German operations at Dutch construction company Imtech, who was fired in February 2013 and later accused of breach of trust, will now face bribery charges.
Emails among top managers show some knew of a financial shortfall well before it was disclosed. According to German law, a chief executive has only three weeks’ time to file for bankruptcy after determining a company is overly indebted.
With 30,000 employees, Imtech achieved revenues of €5 billion in its glory days. As late as May 2015, chief executive Gerard van de Aast was assuring that Imtech’s situation had “improved in three of four key indicators.” Six weeks later, Imtech announced it needed financing. In August 2015, it filed for bankruptcy.
"The situation is becoming increasingly dramatic, the nights more sleepless. … If we had to make payment today, we unfortunately couldn’t. You could say we’re insolvent," Mr. Betz wrote in an email to a regional manager, obtained by Handelsblatt last month.