The criticism comes from the powerful culture committee of the Bundestag and it is directed at the renovation costs of the Staatsoper Unter den Linden. A job that was supposed to cost 243 million Euros has risen to 287.9 million. A 15 percent overspend on a job of this scale would escape notice in other countries (it certainly did on London’s South Bank), but the German authorities are rightfully watchful of the pfennigs. The terms used by culture chair Monika Grütters were ’Missmanagement’ and ‘schäbigen Geschichte’.
What happens next is unclear, but a token head or two may roll.