Sanctions, a protected eagle, a curious panic expert and an annoying inheritance
The sanctions against Russia are continuing – this not only worries many Europeans, Russia’s oligarchs also have to prepare for trouble. In the dispute over the DFB eagle, the German Football Association wins – for the time being. And an Italian becomes a millionaire – at least for a few hours.
By Johannes Steger
The insight of the week: wealth does not protect against sanctions
In the course of the Ukraine conflict, sanctions against Russia are being tightened. Anyone in the West who thought that Mr Putin would put up with it so easily did the math without the Lord of the Kremlin. For example, dangerous substances that could cause an import ban have now been discovered in a US whiskey, reported “Handelsblatt Online”. Europe’s tourist strongholds are now also afraid of the absence of Russian guests. And many European farmers fear that their products will soon have to do without distribution channels in the east. But the sanctions are also noticeable on the Russian side. Sometimes also with people who are about as familiar with restrictions as overdrafts or savings prices, the oligarchs. Some people now have to look for a new private jet, for example. “Handelsblatt Online” wrote down who is affected by the sanctions.
The winner of the week: DFB
A café in Bonn learned some time ago that even an apple can sometimes cause a lot of trouble under trademark law. And a legal dispute has broken out about a bird these days as well. But this is not just any feathered contemporary, but the eagle that the DFB has in its logo. The supermarket chain Real does not like that, which would like to have the now four-time world champion bird printed on its own jerseys and took it to court. But a court decided now: no DFB eagle for the supermarket bibs. Because the logo is so similar to the registered trademarks of the association that the distribution violates the rights of the DFB, according to “Spiegel Online”. But the court still has to check whether it stays that way.
The job of the week: disaster captain becomes a lecturer
Francesco Schettino, the captain of the wrecked cruise ship “Costa Concardia” and accused of negligent homicide, probably wants to try a new job. Before attending a university seminar in Rome, he tried his hand at being an expert in panic management. Speaking from his own experience, he gave lectures to psychology students on how to behave in an emergency. That doesn’t quite fit with the allegations that Schettino is exposed to after the accident. After this expert lecture was made public, there was also criticism, as reported by the “Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung”. If the Roman university is looking for more experts: Silvio Berlusconi would definitely be available for an ethics course.
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The apparent star of the week: Noah Ritter
Five years old, chubby, red hair and a real show talent: this is Noah Ritter. Interviewed by a local US broadcaster at a fair, little Noah took the moderation into his own hands and started talking. Not only did he have a certain talent, but also his preference for the word “apparently”. Noah got it seven times in one sentence. The US media and audience are thrilled. The #apparentlykid quickly made the rounds on the internet. Click here for Noah’s video, which is apparently becoming a hit online.
The news of the week: A worthless inheritance
Won the lottery and then lost the ticket. The Italian Sara Ferrari may have felt something like that. Because her uncle, a goldsmith based in Berlin, had bequeathed her a considerable fortune in a safe deposit box. Including 1.4 billion lire, around 1 million euros. However, Ferrari does not have more than the value of the paper in its pocket, because the Italian state no longer exchanges lira. Fortunately, the heiress did not go completely empty, because there were also a million German marks in the locker. She could exchange them. You can read the story of the paper millionaire on “BZ”.