Picture of the day
Here we go!
Arguably Europe's most prestigious film festival after Cannes and Venice, the Berlinale opens today in the German capital. The main competition will feature 24 new films over the coming 11 days. The red carpet has been rolled out for the scores of movie stars, directors and jurors due to flood into the city. Source:
People of the day
Ice is nice
Tears of joy flowed as Germany's Aljona Savchenko and Bruno Massot surprisingly took the top medal for figure skating in South Korea, breaking their own record. "I believed from beginning to end that this story would be a dream come true," said Ms. Savchenko. It's Germany's first pairs gold in the sport since 1952. Source:
Graph of the day
While environmentally-friendly agriculture is still in its infancy in parts of Europe, the trend is remarkably strong in Germany, which is one of four European countries responsible for half of the organic farmland in the EU.
Quote of the day
Go and get back to work!
On Ash Wednesday, a traditional occasion for political speeches, Angela Merkel admonished those peers who were busy dissing the German chancellor up and down the country. "It is not the time to permanently ask what others do wrong, but for the parties to ask themselves what can we do for our country," she added in an echo of former US president John F. Kennedy.