Person of the day
One year in jail for nothing
A year ago today, the Turkish-German journalist Deniz Yücel was arrested in his Istanbul apartment and has been in jail ever since. Ankara accuses the correspondent for Die Welt newspaper of supporting terror and inciting hatred against the Turkish regime, but has failed so far to formally press charges against him. Government officials recently hinted that Mr. Yücel could be freed soon. Source:
Number of the day
Commuters of Germany, rejoice. The federal government is considering testing free public transportation in five cities, including Bonn and Mannheim, in a bid to curb air pollution generated by car traffic — and avoid drastic measures imposed by the European Union, such as heavy fines or traffic bans for diesel cars. Horrified city officials have warned the measure could be very costly.
Quote of the day
Passing on the baton
Angela Merkel has come under renewed pressure from her own ranks for failing to prepare for her succession as she enters her fourth term as chancellor. Mr. Rühe, a former leader of her Christian Democratic party, criticized the party leader for giving away two prized ministries to the center-left Social Democrats in their prospective coalition and fostering “two potential chancellor candidates” but none in her own party.
Picture of the day
It’s 10am. Let’s have a pint!
After the excesses of carnival, Germany enters Lent, a period of fasting and atonement leading up to Easter in the Christian tradition. Unless you are a political leader that is. Every year, on Ash Wednesday, parties hold one-day conventions in which politicians whip up enthusiasm among their rank and file, lashing out at opponents and downing large glasses of beer over breakfast. Prost! Source: