Person of the Day
Former Chancellor Gerhard Schröder, a member of the Social Democrats, is expected to join state-backed Russian oil company Rosneft as an independent director on Friday. Mr. Schröder has been criticized for deepening his Russian ties while the country faces Western sanctions for annexing Crimea. Mr. Schröder is a personal friend of Russian President Vladimir Putin, and has chaired Gazprom's Nord Stream pipeline venture since 2005. Source:
Quote of the Day
The Free Democrats are set to negotiate with the environmentally-conscious Green Party and Chancellor Angela Merkel's center-right Christian Democrats to form Germany's next government. Wolfgang Kubicki is one of four names being bandied about for the finance minister post vacated by Wolgang Schäuble.
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Hiding in Plain Sight
Germany's got the most, by far. Hidden champions are defined as relatively unknown companies that are market leaders in their industry, and have annual sales above €50 million ($59 million) or more than 500 employees – tasty morsels for private equity investors.
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Bringing Down the House
Berlin police were called on Thursday to help clear protesters from the city's Volksbühne theater. The protestors occupied the iconic building to decry the replacement of Frank Castorf, the theater's director since 1993, with Chris Dercon, a former director of London's Tate Gallery of Modern Art. Critics fear that under Dercon, the playhouse will lose its socially-critical edge. Source: DPA