Photo of the day
Don't go in the water
Three-quarters of Germany's lakes fail to meet European standards for water quality, according to government details reported by the Funke Media Group. Just 2.3 percent were judged to be "very good," including Brandenburg's Seddiner See (above). The EU requires member states reach a "good" water quality standard in lakes by 2027 – a goal that is unlikely to be achieved. Source:
Graph of the day
Europe's listed family-run businesses are good at risk management and tend to outperform on the stock exchanges, Handelsblatt has noticed. And many of these hidden champions are German. The share price of Ströer, a Cologne-based specialist in billboards, online advertising and street furniture, has risen nearly eight-fold over the past five years.
Superstition of the day
Some airline passengers will refuse to fly today, Friday the 13th, in the belief that bad luck may affect their journey. While most airlines will operate as usual, some like Germany's Lufthansa still cater to the superstition in other ways, such as omitting the 13th row of seats in its aircraft - such as in the Airbus A350 shown above. Source:
Term of the day
Of trade wars and chickens
Who knew? In the early 1960s, German farmers lobbied for and got a 50 percent tax on imported chicken. The US responded by slapping a 25 percent tariff on all foreign-made light trucks and vans. The tax on frozen chicken eventually went away – but the duty on foreign trucks did not. In the vehicle industry, this long-lived tariff is still known as the "chicken tax."