Person of the day
Niko Kovac was one of the few people in Germany delighted about the country’s ignominious exit from the World Cup. It meant the new Bayern Munich coach would get his top players back early for pre-season training. But it seems the Croat hadn’t reckoned on the soccer blues: Not one of Bayern’s moping national team players turned up for Kovac’s first training session. It's not all bad, Niko: At least Croatia are still in the cup. Source: dpa
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Copyright to reply
The European Parliament votes on its highly controversial Copyright Directive today, and bill leader Axel Voss is keen to stamp out “fake news” about its effects. The new law would put more onus on websites to police copyright infringement, and stop them from sharing published content for free. However critics, including Wikipedia’s Jimmy Wales, say it threatens internet freedoms.
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Golf in class
Say hello to the new Volkswagen. The firm has announced that it’s starting an all-electric vehicle-on-demand service in Germany from 2019, taking on the likes of BMW’s DriveNow and Daimler’s car2go. The I.D. Cityskater, a “micro-mobility solution,” will form part of the offering, which will be called WE. At least it can’t fail any emissions tests. Source:
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Department store chains Karstadt and its nemesis Kaufhof, the latter owned by Canadian retailer Hudson's Bay, have been tussling on the main streets of Germany for decades. But in recent years online shopping and a failure to keep up with trends has seen them become dated and tired, with profits few and far between. So now they’re finally going nuclear: reports suggest the two will merge after years of on-again, off-again talks. Job losses and store closures are expected.