In this edition: Planet Earth is Peter Bellerby's world. He's been producing handmade globes in his London studio for about six years. Also: German photographer Micha Pawlitzki takes unusual fotos of subway stations. And: a new theme park near Rome honours the legendary Cinecittà film studios.
Our guest today is from the French region of Alsace which borders on Germany and which has passed back and forth between the two countries numerous times throughout its history. Pascal Hugues is an author and journalist who came to live in Germany in 1989 as a foreign correspondent for top French daily newspaper Liberation.
The number of department stores in Germany has been falling steadily for about two decades, with the drop in Karstadt branches particularly marked. Business at the remaining Karstadt stores is still contracting. Now, the place where families traditionally shopped is again on the brink of ruin.