by Edd Doerr
Michael Naumann has an interesting article on the German book business in The Nation on June 18, "Germany, by the Book". Let me quote from it --
"The largest [German bookstore] chain, Weltbild, has 350 outlets; owned by the Catholic Church, is currently for sale . . . . another example of the Church's conservative retreat, under a German pope, into religious piety and spiritual escapism."
Note: Germany generously subsidizes all churches. You can evade the church tax, and increasing numbers do, by formally leaving your Catholic or Lutheran church.