Quote of the day
Joachim Hermann, Bavaria's interior minister and a member of the conservative Christian Social Union (CSU), is proposing a law that would reorganize the southern state's police, giving them the ability to monitor and investigate citizens, even if there is no evidence that they pose a threat or danger. Opposition politicians such as Mr. Schindler, a Social Democrat, say the law would restrict civil liberties and give the police too much power.
Photo of the day
Grab the opera glasses
Munich's Bavarian State Opera was named the world's best opera company at the 2018 International Opera Awards. Founded in 1653, the opera premiered three works by famous German composer Richard Strauss during World War II. The theater was badly damaged in 1943 by an Allied bombing attack, which melted the iron stage. Source:
Graph of the day
Up, up and away!
Housing prices across major German cities are soaring. Berlin took first place in a ranking of 150 global cities by property consultant Knight Frank, with average property prices shooting up 20.5% in 2017. Three other German cities were also in the top 10: Hamburg, Munich and Frankfurt.
Person of the day
Commissioner to fight anti-Semitism
Felix Klein was appointed commissioner to combat anti-Semitism at the German Interior Ministry starting May 1. Growing concerns over anti-Semitism led the German parliament to create the position earlier this year. Since 2014, Mr. Klein has served as the foreign ministry’s coordinator for relations with Jewish groups. Source: