Technically, I should file the story under “politics” and “Germany” but it is so genuinely stupid that “asides” seems more appropriate.
Anyway, the Bavarian Interior Minister Günther Beckstein – I’m sorry, I’ll write that again – … the Bavarian Interior Minister dr. Günther Beckstein wants the German Interior Minister dr. Wolfgang Schäuble to stop an amendment to the German Passport Act.
The problem? According to the amendment, which also includes the introduction of biometric data in passports, the academic title dr. can no longer be entered in a German passport and this has left Beckstein – sorry: dr. Beckstein – feeling a bit naked. Never mind security measures, fingerprints, the kitchen sink, dropping the dr. would do irreparable harm to German society.
Well, yes. Arriving in Sweden, Ecuador or the US and not immediately having your academic credentials acknowledged and being styled Herr Doktor is of cause a serious problem to any university teacher.
The Federal Chancellor, Angela Merkel – I’m sorry: dr. Angela Merkel – hasn’t voiced her opinion on the subject.