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Turning back the clock
Next year, the national debt clock at the German taxpayers' association will run backwards to reflect the country's fiscal reality. In 2017 Germany's outstanding public debt fell about 3 percent to €1.9 trillion ($2.3 trillion). Source:
Quote of the day
The no-nonsense comment from a top manager at HSBC, Europe's biggest bank, came as the cybercurrency dove to $13,000 on Friday after peaking at over $20,000 earlier this week. At the start of 2017, one Bitcoin was worth about $1,000.
Person of the day
Steeled for success
Heinrich Hiesinger, head of troubled steel conglomerate ThyssenKrupp, assured unions on Friday that there would be no job cuts on operational grounds in the next nine years if the planned merger of its steel division with India's Tata Steel went ahead. Source:
Graph of the day
Shunned after the Communist bloc crumbled, Eastern Europe's historic jalopies are back in vogue — as an investment. Even the smelly Trabant, built with a hardened cotton-resin frame popular with hungry goats, has risen in value.