Long full day with many observations. But, frankly no time to write about it because World Cup madness has begun in Germany.
So, just a couple of things. One expert today, a leading German journalist, talked about the difference in the economic policies in the Eurozone between Northern Europe and Southern Europe. Some extol the benefits of austerity policies (obviously like in Germany) and scoff at the profligate ways of countries like Italy and Spain as “red wine and fiesta.”
Other thing — we got to visit ZDF – and learned all about how public television works here. Every German household pays 18€ a month. A TV exec told us they are rolling in the dough. Well, not quite. but, don’t be thinking PBS here. The World Cup is on their public TV — as if the Olympics were on Channel 13.