People of the day
Brexiteers beg Berlin for bespoke deal
Two senior British government officials are in Berlin to petition for a deal after the UK leaves the EU. Chancellor Philip Hammond and Brexit secretary David Davis hope to persuade businesses to support a special trade agreement, but observers see little chance of success. Source:
Jack Taylor/PA Wire
Quote of the day
The need for weed
Demand for medicinal cannabis has been far higher than expected since Germany approved its restricted use in March 2017. Pharmacies have been scrambling for supplies, while health insurers are registering record numbers of applications for prescriptions.
Picture of the day
It never rains but it pours
Helicopters are flying people home from the Zermatt mountain resort area in Switzerland after train lines were closed due to heavy snowfall and avalanche risk. More than 13,000 tourists have been stranded by the snowstorm, one of the worst in nearly 30 years. Source:
Graph of the day
Chillin' like a villain
Germany trails in the average number of hours worked per employee, in a list topped by Mexico, South Korea and Greece. That's partly due to differences in work culture. Germans might do less overtime, but have a high level of focus while in the office, according to observers.