Picture of the day
Saving thousands of lives
More than 15,500 Jewish children were saved from the Holocaust thanks to Kindertransport, the rescue efforts that brought them to the UK from Germany, Austria, Czechoslovakia and Poland. They started on November 30, 1938, exactly 79 years ago, and ran through to August 31, 1939. Source:
Graph of the day
Better access in the workplace
Germans with disabilities have less access to workplaces, and therefore less access to training and work, according to a Handelsblatt survey that compared the situation in 2013 and 2017. The situation is improving albeit gradually – unemployment among Germans with severe disabilities has sunk from 14 percent in 2013 to about 12 percent last year.
Person of the day
Who switched off POTUS' Twitter account?
For some people, he's man of the year. Bahtiyar Duysak deleted President Donald Trump's Twitter account earlier this month, putting it out of action for 11 minutes. Mr. Duysak, a German with a Turkish background, was working his last day as a Twitter contractor. Now, he is busy fending off the media, while the social media network is looking into how it happened. Source:
Number of the day
More life insurance than lives
There are 85 million life insurance policies in Germany – a nation of 80 million. How does that work? For many Germans, buying life insurance policies is the preferred way to save for retirement, though it's causing a headache for insurers. Some older packages still have a guaranteed interest rate of 3.5 or even 4 percent per year. They are incredibly profitable in today's low-interest climate.