Graph of the day
Germany's funeral industry is locked in a race to the bottom, with discounters digging up the classic burial and cremation models. No-frills, anonymous last rites are being offered on commission-based online comparison portals for much cheaper prices than those of traditional funeral homes. Most established funeral businesses in Germany have no Internet presence and do not offer discounts.
Picture of the day
Deutsche Bahn is testing out a trendy new transportation fleet for its Frankfurt employees: electric-powered tuktuks and minibuses. The eco-friendly shuttle service can be hailed via an app, just like Uber, traveling between 32 local rail offices. Developed by a DB subsidiary called ioki, the petite vehicles will be tested next by customers in rural areas and then in Hamburg, hopefully one day becoming a viable complement to public transport. Source:
Person of the day
Attack in Altena
The mayor of a German town known for taking in extra refugees has survived a politically-motivated knife assault. Andreas Hollstein and the town of Altena, a northwestern community of about 17,000 people, reached international fame for settling about 400 migrants – more than its requirement – and fixing each one up with a local "mentor." "I am happy to still be alive," Mr. Hollstein told a local news website on Tuesday after being released from hospital. Source:
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Düsseldorf has a serious problem with air pollution – which is why the western German city is inching ever closer to a ban on diesel engines in downtown areas. The wealthy city is surpassing its annual allotment on busy stretches for nitrogen oxide, a compound which leads to the forming of carcinogenic fine particles. Experts believe about 40 percent of Düsseldorf's pollution is caused by passenger vehicles.