Photo of the Day
The Munich Massacre
A memorial to eleven Israeli athletes murdered at the 1972 Olympics was unveiled in Munich this week. An elevated hillside evoked a sense of loss, while an exhibition described the events of the Summer Olympic Games, when nine competitors and a policeman were kidnapped by Black September, a Palestinian terrorist group. The terrorists demanded that prisoners in Germany and Israel be released. During the attempted rescue of hostages, 12 people were killed.
Graph of the Day
Germany slid down the rankings of best countries for expats to live. According to an Internations survey of 65 countries, Europe's most populous nation fell six places to 23 because families felt less welcome, and other countries were deemed more attractive for jobs and living costs. This year’s rainy summer also weighed on Germany's position. On the other hand, the three most important reasons to move to Germany were cited as love, employment and a partner’s career. Perhaps surprisingly, the United States ranked only 43rd, while Britain was at 54 and China 55. Nigeria, Kuwait and Greece took the last three positions.
Person of the Day
Spying on Kurds?
A Turkish man suspected of spying on activists in Germany went on trial in a Hamburg court. Mehmet Fatih S. is charged with operating as a secret service agent and monitoring Kurdish people on behalf of Turkish agency Milli Istihbarat Teskilati since 2013. During questioning, the man revealed plans to kill two Turkish men, and a plot directed against co-chair of the German Green Party politician Cem Özdemir, whose parents are Turkish. Mr. Özdemir has criticized Turkey amid rising tensions between Ankara and Berlin. The trial is expected to run through mid-October.
Quote of the Day
Winds of Change at VW?
The candidate for state premier of Lower Saxony, Bernd Althusmann, wants to name an outsider as Volkswagen’s chief executive after the current boss resigns, he told Reuters. The term of the automaker's current boss, Matthias Müller, ends in 2020. Lower Saxony owns 20 percent of VW and provides two of VW’s 20 supervisory board members, which hire and fire executives. The state will hold snap elections on October 15 after the Social Democrat-Green coalition lost its majority. Mr. Althusmann, running for Angela Merkel’s Christian Democrats, is expected to become Lower Saxony’s new premier, who automatically gets a seat on VW’s supervisory board.