Activity of the day
Queuing for a dip
Locals trying to beat the heat at Berlin’s swimming pools in the city’s hottest week so far this year were out of luck. Many municipal outdoor pools had to shut their gates yesterday due to overcrowding and fears about water quality. The iconic Badeschiff – a private pool floating in the Spree river – advised a line of swimmers they might be waiting up to two hours. In the Pankow district, police were called to stop overheated queuing paddlers from beating each other up. Source:
Number of the day
This is the number of people living in Germany in 2017 who have what Germany’s Federal Statistical Office calls a “migrant background” – that is, if at least one of their parents is not German. That's 4.4 percent higher than the previous year. And at the same time, the number of Germans fell. Clearly, Europe’s largest economy is becoming a nation of immigrants, all of which makes the current debate around what constitutes being German even more necessary.
Opening of the day
Bavaria’s anchor centers
No place for children and families. The kind of accommodation that causes unrest, conflict and anger. A disgrace. These are just some of the criticisms of Bavaria’s new 1,500-resident “anchor centers,” which are part of Bavarian politician and national interior minister Horst Seehofer’s “migration masterplan.” The facilities are the first contact point for asylum seekers coming to Germany and would be their home for not longer than 18 months, while decisions are made about their applications to stay in the country. Bavaria is the first state to open seven anchor centers. They will use existing buildings. Managers there say that, at first, they don’t envisage many changes. Source:
Quote of the day
Not there yet
After eight years, Greece is preparing to exit the tough bailout program it entered in 2010. Despite hardships, the country’s efforts have been branded a success by European partners. However this week, a delegation from the International Monetary Fund published a report from Greece. Although much good work has been done – growth is up, unemployment is falling – it’s important to take off the rose-colored glasses, the mission said. They had concerns that some of the ongoing conditions for the repayment of around €240 billion in loans were still based on improbable expectations of Greek growth.