Quote of the day
Russia's Vladimir Putin made headlines in Germany for an interview, released ahead of the upcoming presidential election, in which he claims to have received pilsner parcels from the chancellor. The beer likely tastes all the better considering sanctions have prevented the import of Western food products to Russia since August 2014. When asked about the special delivery at a news conference on Monday, Ms. Merkel simply said: "Sometimes there is the possibility to exchange. I've gotten very good smoked fish before."
Person of the day
A former Nazi pencil-pusher is now pushing up daisies. Oskar Gröning, 96, known in Germany as the "Bookkeeper of Auschwitz" has died before serving a four-year sentence he received in December. Mr. Gröning sorted and counted money taken from those murdered and enslaved at the concentration camp. He was found guilty of being a "cog" in the Nazi killing machine in 2015. Source:
Graph of the day
Prices that smart
The cost of smartphones in Europe is set to go up in the next few years, as desktop computers slowly become obsolete. In Germany, sales of desktop computers and laptops have been decreasing since 2014. A generational gap is apparent – while 89% of Germans aged 21 to 30 use smartphones, only 56% of Germans aged 60 and over do. In fact the majority of those seniors, or 54%, prefer desktop computers, according to Statista research.
Number of the day
Half a million more people moved to Germany than moved away in 2016, says the Federal Statistics Office. The majority of newcomers are EU passport holders, while a large chunk (26%) came from Asian countries. According to a study by the Bertelsmann Foundation, this is a very good thing. Germany needs more than half a million new immigrants on average each year over the next few decades if it wants to keep its workforce and social system stable by 2050.