Person of the day
Put it there, grandma
Austrian chancellor Sebastian Kurz, the world’s youngest elected leader at 31, met Angela Merkel in Berlin yesterday. In official business the pair clashed over the EU’s migrant quota plans, but what everyone talked about was the contrast between the two. At 63, Ms. Merkel is more than twice Mr. Kurz’s age, and while she's struggling to agree a coalition deal, he has just sealed one. But asked if Germany needed a younger leader, she replied: “Everyone starts out young and gets older every day.” Source:
Quote of the day
Don’t bet on it
Ms. Patzke, who runs an old folks’ home in Cologne, was shocked to learn that the residents’ weekly game of bingo broke Germany’s strict gambling laws, despite the stake being just 50 cents and the first prize a box of chocolates. City authorities have now given the home a three-month gambling license, on the condition that city hall is informed whenever a game takes place.
Graph of the day
Germany may have the upper hand in conventional luxury cars, but when it comes to electric vehicles, it’s eating China’s dust. In the latest 2017 figures, German automakers managed just two spots in the top 10 of world e-car producers, while China managed four. Although many will struggle with name recognition (who’s heard of BYD?), executives at the likes of BMW and VW will likely not need reminding.
Picture of the day
It’s been a stormy start to 2018 in Germany. Storms Burglind and Evi have already dumped huge volumes of rain and snow on the country, with winds and flooding causing more than €300 million of damage. And on Thursday, storm Friederike is barreling across the center of the country, bringing hurricane-force winds and blizzards to hilly areas such as Clausthal-Zellerfeld in the Harz Mountains, shown above. If it goes on like this, they’ll run out of names by Halloween. Source: