German Minister of Education and Research Johanna Wanka moved into her new office in Berlin’s government district in November 2014. The ministry is just 300 meters from the capital’s main train station and a short walk from the federal press building.
Since then, Ms. Wanka’s spokespeople have been walking over to the press conferences to answer journalists’ questions three times a week.
But the move has come at a price: The future of Ms. Wanka’s ministry car fleet. In the past, the ministry had used its own electric car to drive its spokespeople over to the federal press conference building. The old ministry was 1.3 kilometers, or 0.8 miles, away. But now, Ms. Wanka has allowed the leasing contract to expire in April since the car is no longer needed.