Person of the day
Germany's first woman foreign minister?
Back in 2014, Katarina Barley was a mere advisor in Rhineland-Palatinate's regional justice ministry. Now Germany's family minister, the Cologne-born Social Democrat of British ancestry is being touted to succeed Sigmar Gabriel, the country's acting foreign minister. The SPD's outgoing boss, Martin Schulz, dropped his bid for the job last week. Source:
Graph of the day
From knock-off jewelry to copy-cat designer glasses and phony handbags, border officials discover a dizzying amount of counterfeit products destined for the German market, particularly from China. German customs confiscated €180 million worth of faked goods in 2016, nearly double the value of 2010.
Quote of the day
Asked when Volkswagen would get over its crisis, its top supervisor had a cool and clear reply. Mr. Pötsch also saw no reason to question the position of Matthias Müller, the boss of the German carmaker rocked by Dieselgate and the scandal over using monkeys to test the effects of auto emissions.
Picture of the day
Visitors to the northern state of Mecklenburg-Vorpommern should have serious doubts about GPS routing along autobahn A20, known as the Ostseebahn. Last year, subsidence opened up a 2.5-meter-deep "hole" that has now claimed a kilometer-long stretch of the scenic highway. Now that's what you call an infrastructure gap, literally. Source: