Person of the Day
Christian Democrat, Michael Kretschmer, 42, will take the place of Stanislaw Tillich as the head of the party in Saxony. Mr. Tillich resigned after his party’s dreadful result in last month's federal elections, which saw the right-wing, populist Alternative for Germany become the biggest party in the state. Source:
Number of the Day
Scientists who spent 27 years counting insects in 63 German nature reserves found they had decreased by almost three-quarters between 1989 and 2016. This has serious repercussions, they say, because around 80 percent of wild plants need to be fertilized by insects and 60 percent of birds need them for food. Source: Plos One
Quote of the Day
This week, over 13 million people on social media used the hashtag to illustrate how widespread sexual harassment is. One of the latest to do so is Sweden's foreign minister, Margot Wallström, who wrote about how, at an EU dinner of senior bureaucrats and ministers, her neighbor at the table put his hand on her thigh uninvited.
Photo of the Day
Workers rearrange seats in the Bundestag, Germany’s parliament, in time for the newly-elected legislators' first meeting on October 24. Earlier this month there were arguments about who was to sit where. But where would the neo-liberal Free Democrats perch? They wanted to sit in the middle but have since been relegated to the benches next to the most unpopular kids in this political class: the right-wing AfD. Source: