Person of the day
On this day in 2005, Greek immigrant Theodoros Boulgarides became the seventh victim of the neo-nazi NSU sect in Germany that took 10 lives, in part because of an unwillingness by the police to investigate the murders as a racist crime spree. After he was killed with three shots to the head in his Munich shop, investigators interrogated the locksmith's family for months. Intimidated by the questioning, the family moved back to Greece though they have since resettled in Munich. The trial of the only living NSU member — Beate Zschäpe — is nearing an end in Munich. Source:
Quote of the day
You can't catch me, diplomatic immunity!
Boris Becker, former tennis ace and now sports attaché to the Central African Republic, said on Thursday that his status as a representative for a foreign government exempted him from a UK bankruptcy. Mr. Becker was forced into bankruptcy last year over a cash squabble with private bank Arbuthnot Latham & Co. A London auctioneer is now peddling Becker memorabilia to pay creditors but his lawyers claim the case can only move forward with the approval of the UK foreign secretary as well as the Central African Republic. The ball is in your court, British judiciary!
Graph of the day
Germany hopes to double the number of travelers on its long-distance train network to 280 million per year by 2030, though it's hoping to not have to invest much more per year than it already is. With the success of its new high-speed Berlin-Munich line, Germany's national railway, Deutsche Bahn, may have to expand an order of 119 new ICE 4 trains to meet demand. Even though the ICE 4 trains are being passed by new technology, Deutsche Bahn will likely exercise a right to expand the contract rather than order newer trains because that would require a months-long tender process, slowing delivery.
Ministerial department of the day
Finance Minister and Deputy Chancellor Olaf Scholz spent part of a two-and-a-half hour budget hearing on Thursday defending his creation of 41 new positions at the finance ministry. The employees work in what is known as "Department L" and advise the minister, a member of the center-left Social Democrats. The new department has been criticized as an unnecessary vice chancellery that could function as a stumbling block for the chancellery itself. Despite filling out his new department with ease, Mr. Scholz has been unable to find candidates for many vacant key positions at his ministry, such as a head of the country's investments and privatizations. By the way, the L stands for "Leitung," or Leadership. Source: