Picture of the day
German soccer players Ilkay Gündogan and Mesut Özil (on the left), both with Turkish heritage, have faced a barrage of criticism for meeting with and gifting signed jerseys to Turkey's President Recep Tayyip Erdogan. According to Reinhard Grindel, the head of Germany's soccer governing body, the national team players should not let themselves be exploited by the president to benefit his election campaign. Source:
Person of the day
Lady of the Lines
German-Peruvian scientist Maria Reiche, nicknamed "Lady of the Lines" for her research of Peru's enigmatic Nazca Lines, was born 115 years ago today. It is partly thanks to Ms. Reiche's dedication to preserving the giant line drawings made centuries ago in the Peruvian desert that they were declared a World Heritage Site in 1995. Ms. Reiche died three years later in 1998. Source:
Quote of the day
Between a rock and a hard place
In response to Israeli violence against Palestinian protesters on the Gaza border that left 58 dead and 2,771 wounded, the German Foreign Office's issued a middle-of-the-road response: Palestinians have the right to "peaceful protest" while "live ammunition" should only be used "when other, less forceful methods of deterrence do not work and in cases of concrete threats." Live ammunition was the cause of 1,373 of the injuries reported.
Number of the day
Finance Minister Olaf Scholz announced that the German government's budget has wiggle room of €10.8 billion ($12.9 billion), and now he wants to provide a bit of tax relief for small and medium-size earners. This means anywhere from four to 11 euros a month, according to the German Taxpayers' Institute. Thank Mr. Scholz for your next cup of coffee.