Photo of the Day
November 9 is the anniversary of the infamous Kristallnacht, or “night of the broken glass,” when Nazis ransacked Jewish businesses and synagogues in 1938. This week, thieves stole 15 of Berlin's so-called “stumbling stones” - small brass plaques embedded in the pavement in front of buildings and engraved with the names of former Jewish residents. Residents believe the theft is motivated by anti-Semitism, given the anniversary. Source:
Number of the Day
And Then There Were Three
The six-figure number refers to intersex individuals – people who have some physical characteristics of both a male and female – in Germany. This week the country’s highest court ruled intersex people should have their own category on official documents. Germany will be the first European country to make a third gender official.
Person of the Day
Not James Bond
Daniel M. (center), the bumbling Swiss spy accused of tailing German tax officials, was given a suspended sentence and a fine of €25,000 ($29,000). His Swiss spymasters wanted to know what the Germans knew about wealthy citizens using Swiss banks to dodge taxes. Source:
Graphic of the Day
Can The Coal
Getting rid of coal was a major policy point for Germany’s Green party, currently negotiating to be part of a coalition government. But just as they agreed not to insist on closing the country’s 20 dirtiest power plants by 2020, more than 50 of Germany’s largest businesses called on the government to phase out coal power.