Diplomat of the day
From Berlin, with love
If Angela Merkel wants to hold onto her chancellorship, she’ll need other European leaders to answer her call once more. Her cabinet is teetering on the brink amid a fierce asylum row with her interior minister. Ms. Merkel’s hardline coalition partner, the CSU in Bavaria, has given her until the end of the month to find a European solution to the ongoing refugee crisis. On Monday she promised more aid to Italy’s new prime minister, Giuseppe Conte (pictured), but said she expected “solidarity” in return. On Tuesday she'll try the same strategy in a meeting with France’s Emmanuel Macron.
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Germany’s next opponent
Sweden and Mexico sit top of the table of Group F in the World Cup after Sweden pulled out a 1-0 win against South Korea on Monday. Germany, which lost to Mexico in a shocker first game of the soccer tournament, plays Sweden next on Saturday. It’ll be a make-or-break encounter for the defending champions. Source:
Quote of the day
VW feels pretty dumb right about now
It’s the question on everybody’s lips. Audi has been a focal point of investigations into VW's diesel scandal for years, yet somehow CEO Rupert Stadler managed to keep his post as others around him fell. Just last Thursday, VW’s supervisory board chose to back Mr. Stadler once more, despite prosecutors in Munich announcing they had launched a formal investigation and raided his home. Apparently, supervisors were expecting the investigation to blow over. How badly they miscalculated: Mr. Stadler was arrested on Monday. VW’s board has now, finally, placed him on administrative leave.
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Getting a fairer shake
The number of asylum seekers has fallen dramatically from the highs of 2015, when around 1.5 million came to Europe and nearly 1 million came to Germany. That hasn’t stopped German politicians on Angela Merkel’s right flank from demanding the country’s borders be closed to new applicants. If that happens, the fact that Germany continues to take in more than any other country will no doubt be felt quickly elsewhere in Europe.