Person of the day
The right to light up
Friedhelm Adolfs, dubbed Germany's most famous smoker and a champion of renters' rights, died at the age of 79. Mr. Adolfs ignited debate across the country in 2013 when he refused to leave the apartment he had lived in for 40 years following a dispute with his landlady over his smoking habits. The years-long legal fiasco eventually ended in his victory at Germany's Supreme Court. Source:
Photo of the day
Germany broke a new record for the time taken to form a new government, passing 86 days. Today talks continue between Martin Schulz's Social Democrats and Chancellor Angela Merkel's conservative bloc in Berlin. It might be time to ice their jaws. Source:
Graph of the day
Responsibilities = flexibility
More than 75% of Germans think flexibility regarding working hours is important, but it tends to be middle and upper management that have the freedom to play with their schedule.
Quote of the day
German businesses are worried about US President Donald Trump's tax overhaul, which received final approval by the country's senate early on Wednesday. The reforms, which Republicans say will boost economic growth, are the biggest change to the US tax code in over 30 years, and could make outsiders less competitive.