Person of the day
Helene Fischer is back!
We know you've been worried: German über-pop star Helene Fischer's manager said on Friday that Ms. Fischer has recovered from her unspecified illness and can resume her European tour. She had canceled seven dates – five in Berlin and two in Vienna – after the illness left her without a voice. Source: DPA
Number of the day
In the latest poll of German voters, just 16 percent said they would vote for the center-left Social Democrats (SPD) if the election were held this Sunday. That's a record low for the once-mainstream party and, alarmingly, just one percentage point above far-right Alternative for Germany. SPD members will vote by next month on whether to form a coalition government with Chancellor Angela Merkel's conservative bloc.
Graph of the day
Progress? What progress?
Greenhouse gas emissions fell by 20% between 1990 and 2006, but not much has happened since. Germany had hoped to reduce emissions to 751 million metric tons per year by 2020 and 563 million metric tons by 2030, but politicians are skeptical the country's industry can meet that goal. So are we.
Quote of the day
In the run-up to the annual, three-day Munich Security Conference starting Friday, Mr. Ischinger bemoaned the crumbling trust between the US and Russia. The conference will host about 500 politicians, including Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov, German Defense Minister Ursula von der Leyen and US security adviser H.R. McMaster.