I just love this WSJ headline:
Zimbabwe Can’t Paper Over Its Million-Percent Inflation Anymore
Giesecke & Devrient — a secretive, family-owned
Bavarian company that once made its money churning out worthless cash
for the doomed Weimar Republic in the 1920s — has been airlifting tons
of blank notes to the Zimbabwean capital Harare. The company, which has
been doing business with the African nation since before Mr. Mugabe
took power in 1980, is one of the few sources in the world for the
specialized paper that is so important in an age when computers and
laser printers have made forgery easy.
Germany’s foreign minister, Frank-Walter Steinmeier,
phoned Karsten Ottenberg, Giesecke & Devrient’s chief executive,
Tuesday to complain about the deliveries, according to a German
diplomat. On Friday, Germany’s development minister denounced the
company’s dealings with Zimbabwe as "terrible" and sent a fax demanding
that they stop.