Bavarian of the day
Supporter for a soft-ish Brexit
Horst Seehofer, Germany's interior minister, has been in the news for weeks after triggering a government crisis over migration. Now, Mr. Seehofer has turned his attention to Brexit and written to the European Commission, citing security concerns in a letter seen by The Times of London. He's seen as backing British Prime Minister Theresa May's position, as he attacks Brussels negotiators for breaking EU solidarity. Seriously Horst, take a holiday! Source:
Graph of the day
Dissatisfaction with the German government reached new highs, as 78 percent of locals gave Berlin low grades ahead of the parliamentary break. The number of people underwhelmed by the cabinet's work rose a steep 15 points from the previous month, suggesting a summer of discontent. But Chancellor Angela Merkel's popularity is largely unchanged, while approval of Horst Seehofer, her interior minister, has fallen after he made a song and dance about migration ahead of Bavaria's election in the fall.
Person of the day
Mesut the scapegoat
Even before the World Cup, soccer star Mesut Özil was already taking a lot of stick for appearing in a photo with the Turkish president. But in an interview, Oliver Bierhoff, a manager for the German team and a former star player, criticized Mr. Özil so harshly that onlookers condemned his remarks as racist, destructive and unfair. After Mr. Bierhoff suggested the squad could ditch Mr. Özil, netizens said the manager should be dropped instead. Source:
Roast of the day
You cannot be serious
Comedian Oliver Pocher made a video pretending to be Boris Becker, poking fun at his diplomatic immunity and the financial problems that Mr. Pocher attributed to his living in Wimbledon and shopping for fancy cheese. The comic has been teasing Mr. Becker in skits for years but is criticized for making jokes at the expense of others. In the past, Mr. Becker has told Mr. Pocher to keep quiet.