He’s the man who convinced Chancellor Angela Merkel in the thick of a Euro crisis to invest an extra 50 million Euros. He has a budget of 1.2 billion Euros to spend on boosting German heritage and identity. He has been in the job six years and has an unrivalled authority in cultural affairs. Last week, he delivered a kicking to the public television networks for dumbing down the arts.
Bernd Neumann will be 70 on Thursday and, to all appearances, going strong. Long may he rule.