Picture of the day
Yes! It's world emoji day
Love is not the only universal language: Anyone can understand an emoji. The 2,800 online symbols are used worldwide, and pop up 700 million times on Facebook alone each day. Germany’s favorite emojis shouldn’t come as a surprise to anyone – the smiley and the birthday cake. Meanwhile, the rest of the world favors the slightly more emotional face crying with laughter. Source:
Graphic of the day
Courting the crowd
Thanks to the United States' laws, VW has mainly compensated drivers affected by Dieselgate in the country. Germany doesn't yet allow class action lawsuits, though millions of car owners were affected by the emissions-cheating scandal. But Berlin will have the legal framework in place by fall to allow people to bring collective damages lawsuits, albeit with some constraints.
Birthday girl of the day
Happy 64th, Angie! Appreciation for Germany's chancellor has surged given her smooth handling of bullies to the east and west of her. We’re wishing you a restful day, Ms. Merkel, and that your only appointments are with a bottle of Sekt and a birthday cake. Source:
Quote of the day
The Bavarian blame game
That's how Bavaria's premier, Markus Söder, explained his waning political capital to a Munich newspaper this week. He and Horst Seehofer, the leader of the CSU, are losing popularity and Mr. Söder attributed it to his party colleague's migration antics. In fact, Mr. Söder has been even tougher on migrants than Mr. Seehofer. Analysts expect voters will see through the spat, though more are likely ahead of an election in the state.