Person of the Day
Hamburg mayor Olaf Scholz is seen as a potential leader for the beleaguered Social Democratic party. In an internal memo seen by Süddeutsche Zeitung, he criticized his party's record-low results in September's election and said it would be possible to once again win over voters "if they think it's plausible that the SPD can fulfill their expectations." Olaf, just say you want the job. Source:
Quote of the Day
Germany still has plenty of large assets it could sell to pad the bottom line, including a 31 percent stake in phone company Deutsche Telekom. Politicians are already telegraphing plans for renewed divestments but workers reps say the elected officials are dialing the wrong number. Employees fear a privatization could lead to a foreign takeover.
Chart of the Day
Once a year, Handelsblatt contracts polling agency YouGov to discern the country's most popular brands. Family-owned drugstore chain dm won this year, in part because it started selling sex toys amid the cosmetics, diapers and cleaning supplies. Welcome to Germany.
Picure of the Day
During the Handelsblatt Automotive Summit in Sindelfingen this week, Ford presented its ideas for the future by making 500 attendees don VR glasses. Yes, it reminds me of Blade Runner too. Source: