Picture of the Day
Dutch artist Marieke van der Meer puts the finishing touches on her masterpiece, part of an ice sculpture exhibition opening in Dresden on Saturday. Around 2,000 tons of the hard stuff were transported to Germany from Belgium, France and Latvia for the annual event which runs through February 25. Source:
Quote of the Day
Keeping up with the Christian Democrats
Justice minister and Social Democrat Heiko Maas said his party just might govern again, after coalition talks between other parties collapsed earlier this week. The center-left Social Democrats initially refused to become a junior partner to Angela Merkel's Christian Democrats a second time, but are reportedly reconsidering. Several party members fear losing their seats in the event of a snap election.
Person of the Day
Court of Public Opinion
In Germany, abortion is legal after mandatory counselling and German doctor Kristina Hänel had listed abortion as a service on her website. However it is illegal to advertise abortion and pro-lifers took the 61-year-old doctor to court, as they have done with many other doctors before her. Ms. Hänel insisted it was fair to provide information to patients and kept the incriminating paragraphs. There was a chance the issue might go to Germany's highest court if she were jailed but on Friday morning Ms. Hänel was fined €6,000: The debate continues. Source:
Graph of the Day
Top of the Pops
It's no surprise that Berlin, a world capital of clubbing, techno and counter-culture, has significantly more vinyl on sale than anywhere else in the country. Records are making a comeback in Germany overall: While 78,000 discs were bought in 2015, around 118,000 are expected to be picked up by the end of this year.