In an incident that was sold by German newspapers as evidence of the disrespect some politicians have for the unemployed, the deputy leader of the German state of Bremen poured sparkling wine over the head of a homeless man in an apparent joke that went wrong and which led to his eventual resignation. Peter Gloystein of the centre-right Christian Democrat Union (CDU) was caught on camera pouring a magnum of wine over the head of stunned Bremen local Udo Ölschläger at the launch of German wine week on Wednesday evening. Gloystein, Bremen state economy and culture minister, said late on Thursday he deeply regretted the incident and apologised to his victim. He said he had "misinterpreted" the situation but did not explain what he meant. The Bremen culture ministry confirmed later that Gloystein had resigned from his various posts.
Chinese Premier Li Keqiang is set to begin a three-day visit to France after promising to invest more in the EU. He is also due to outline Chinese carbon emission cuts seen as crucial for Paris' UN climate summit.
The European Union wants to force telecom companies to get rid of roaming charges on mobile devices, it was announced Tuesday morning. A new contract will have to be ratified by all 28 member states.
Investors in Japanese tech giant Sony have massively sold the stock after the firm said it would raise fresh capital by issuing new shares. It is the first time in 26 years that Sony seeks funding through share markets.