Members of the Berlin Symphonic Orchestra bid farewell to their fans with a last concert on Sunday after orchestra officials failed to secure 80,000 euros ($103,000) in emergency funding for the bankrupt organization. Orchestra leaders had tried to find private sponsors after Berlin's city government cut three million euros in subsidies last year. The ensemble's disbandment is the latest in a long list of German orchestras that have disappeared due to lacking funds.
The World Cup is a distant memory and the next Bundesliga season is set to begin. But what does Germany's success in Brazil mean for the domestic football scene? And is the Bundesliga ready to compete on the world stage?
Borussia Mönchengladbach have put themselves in the driver's seat in their bid to reach the group stage of the Europa League. The Bundesliga side got a crucial away win in the first leg of their entry-playoff tie.
Borussia Dortmund is bringing investors on board, in order to be able to keep up financially. The development is, however, not a new trend and only advances the commercialization of the Bundesliga.