Picture of the Day
First in Line
Christian Lindner, leader of the pro-business Free Democrats, met President Frank-Walter Steinmeier to discuss the failure to form the country’s next governing coalition. President Steinmeier will speak with each party leader and started with the man who broke off the talks. Source:
Quote of the Day
France Up, Germany Down
The European Union's decision to locate the European Banking Authority regulatory agency in Paris after its forced exit from London was a disappointment for Frankfurt. The win for Paris comes at a tumultuous period in Germany, as the country deals with national political problems, giving the French economy a leg up.
Person of the Day
No means no
Thorsten Schäfer-Gümbel, the Social Democrats' vice-president, echoed his party leader's decision to reject a grand coalition with the CDU. He'd prefer a minority government and told broadcaster ZDF: "We do not see any reason for a grand coalition at the moment." Time will tell if the party sticks to its guns. Source:
Chart of the Day
Victims of Terror
Of the 25,000 victims who were killed in worldwide terror attacks last year, more than half died in Iraq (38%) and Afghanistan (18%). All other countries – excluding Syria, Nigeria, Yemen, Niger, Chad and Cameroon – accounted for 25% of the victims, according to the Global Terrorism Index.