Person of the Day
Brussels' Bad Bureaucrats
A European Union tragicomedy of errors, peopled with tragic heroes, manipulative losers and involuntary accomplices sounds puzzling, but that's what won Robert Menasse the German Book Prize this year. The Austrian author's work was praised as highly timely. Source:
Chart of the Day
Excess steel production doesn't seem to be holding anybody back. In Germany, it's a closely-watched topic as ThyssenKrupp and Tata Steel try to merge and hang onto profits in an ever-tougher market.
Photo of the Day
In Austria, a man dressed as a shark – 'Hai' in German – to promote a store opening. But police told him to remove the mask, in order to comply with a law prohibiting people from covering their faces, colloquially known as the “burqa ban.” Source:
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Quote of the Day
Not in My Backyard
The head of German industrial labor union IG BCE observed how "taking the good with the bad" remains an unloved trade-off.