Person of the day
Human rights activist Peter Steudtner has received the Quaker Help Foundation’s peace prize. Mr. Steudtner spent more than 100 days in jail in Turkey after being arrested in summer on controversial terror charges amid a widespread crackdown on activists and journalists. Source:
Picture of the day
A passenger train, operated by a subsidiary of Britain’s National Express bus company, collided on Tuesday evening with a freight train near Düsseldorf. More than 40 people were injured, several seriously. Germany’s deadliest train accident occurred in 1998 when a high-speed train derailed in Eschede in Lower Saxony, killing 101 people. Source:
Quote of the day
In or out?
Volker Treier, foreign trade chief of the German Chambers of Industry and Commerce, said it is hard to tell whether or not the United States will remain in the World Trade Organization. If it leaves, the WTO could fall apart, he warned. Speaking in Berlin, Mr. Trier said his organization expects Germany’s trade surplus to reach 4.5 percent in 2017, up from previous forecasts of 4 percent.
Graph of the day
Up in arms?
The EU defense cooperation, known as PESCO, could pave the way for a European army. Even without the UK, it would be the world's second largest after China based on personnel and the third biggest by budget.