The Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung on Karl-Theodor zu Guttenberg after his eventual resignation:
Die Union stritt derweil über den Umgang mit ihrem ehemaligen Shootingstar.
Germans use the term shooting star to refer to a rising star rather than a falling one, so he has now become a ‘former shooting star’. See earlier entry of May 2007, quoting an interview with Hilary Hahn in which she was surprised at Gustavo Dudamel being described as ‘the shooting stare from Venezuela’.
I you do a Google search for Guttenberg “shooting star”, you get over 235,000 ghits. Although the number of those in Germany should be falling now.