The controversial German artist famous for his "plastination" displays of human corpses stripped of their skin wants to build a factory in Poland to mass-produce his work, officials in Warsaw said. Gunther von Hagens, whose exhibit "Körperwelten" (Body Worlds) has attracted millions of visitors around the world, has already bought land and factory buildings in the western Polish town of Sieniawa Zarska, close to the German border. "His father told us what he plans to do here. Von Hagens plans to open a plastination factory of human bodies," a senior municipal official told Reuters news agency. Plastination describes a method of preserving human bodies pioneered by Von Hagens, in which natural body fluids are replaced with solid plastic. Von Hagens reportedly plans to employ 300 people at the Polish factory. Authorities in several countries have tried unsuccessfully to stop his displays of corpses.
Zurich-based Credit Suisse has logged higher net profit for the first quarter, enabling its outgoing CEO to leave with a positive result to his credit. The lender managed to keep franc appreciation effects at bay.
German business software maker SAP has reported a decent rise in operating profit for the first quarter. The company said the result was helped by a weak euro. The firm expected flat growth for the full year.
Italian authorities have arrested two of the survivors of a Mediterranean shipwreck in which around 800 migrants are thought to have died. Earlier, EU politicians pledged to do more to prevent such tragedies.