Person of the day
Sawsan Chebli, a German politician of Palestinian heritage, proposed immigrants be required to visit Nazi concentration camp memorials as part of integration courses, in an effort to fight discrimination across the country and to create a collective German identity. The idea has been broadly welcomed although the logistics of it have been debated. Source:
Quote of the day
Mountain of cash
The billionaire boss of Germany's biggest startup investor wants to hang onto the €3.8 billion in cash and equity he has stockpiled, in case he needs to put "several hundreds of millions" into new tech ventures. Mr. Samwer faces increasing pressure to return funds to shareholders now that Rocket's stock price has nearly halved since its IPO in 2015.
Picture of the day
A literal stay of execution for a Vietnamese executive who, German authorities say, was kidnapped from a Berlin park. Prosecutors in Vietnam's Supreme Court are seeking life in prison for Trinh Xuan Thanh instead of a death sentence. Mr. Thanh is accused of losing over $150 million while serving as chairman of PetroVietnam Construction. Source:
Graph of the day
After 22 hours of uninterrupted talks at the end of five days of negotiations, leaders of Martin Schulz' Social Democrats, Chancellor Angela Merkel's Christian Democrats and their Bavarian sister party, the Christian Social Union, finally agreed to revive the so-called "grand coalition." One key point for discussion was a cap on how many refugees Germany will take every year.