European of the day
The Lifeline captain
Bavaria's Social Democrats will award a brand-new Europe Prize to Claus-Peter Reisch, captain of the migrant-rescue ship Lifeline. The vessel spent days in the Mediterranean last month until Malta allowed it to dock with the 234 migrants its crew rescued from the sea. Natascha Kohnen, who heads the state's SPD, said courageous people like Mr. Reisch "keep alive the values" that Europe stands for. He will receive the prize on July 27, days before he flies to Valletta where he will stand trial for entering Maltese waters illegally. Source:
Quote of the day
What would Jesus do?
A German church wanting to prevent people from drowning at sea is proving dismayingly controversial. After Mr. Rekowski, the Lutheran bishop of Düsseldorf, took a stand on behalf of Germany's influential Protestant Church, many retorted that religious leaders should "stay out of politics" or even oppose immigration, as it would bring about the de-Christianization of Europe. Followers of Pedgida, a right-wing organization, chanted, "let them drown."
Number of the day
The European Commission hit Google with a €4.3 billion ($5 billion) fine. The competition authority found that the tech giant uses its dominant mobile operating system, Android, to force mobile phone makers to install Google apps and block rivals. The record penalty comes a year after regulators fined Google €2.4 billion for favoring its shopping service over competitors. The EU's competition chief, Margrethe Vestager, tweeted that "denying rivals a chance to innovate and compete on the merits is illegal under EU antitrust rules."
Graphic of the day
Don't say real-estate bubble
Last year, real-estate prices jumped 7 percent across Germany, a study by the German association of mortgage banks found. The study based its findings on completed purchase contracts, rather than ads or surveys. In the biggest cities, double-digit growth is now the norm, while prices in smaller cities like Regensburg or Heidelberg are also going through the roof. Buyers should consider Frankfurt Oder, a university town on the border with Poland, an hour from Berlin, where prices rose just 0.9 percent last year.
Picture of the day
Jewish registration ID, please
For many Germans — and their Austrian neighbors — buying meat is a natural thing to do. However, a bill submitted by a far-right politician in the state of Lower Austria seeks to drastically restrict access to kosher meat to improve "animal welfare." Gottfried Waldhäusl, a state cabinet minister and farmer, suggested only Jews listed on a state-approved registry should be able to buy kosher meat. Austrian Jews retorted, calling the draft anti-Semitic and a sinister reminder of how Nazis listed Jews when they annexed the country. Source: