Picture of the day
Green! Pop! Power!
International Green Week, an annual festival of agriculture, food and gardening with over 1,200 exhibitors, starts this week in Berlin and runs until January 28. The exhibition, which started in 1926, often reflects the trends of the era. In 1969 (pictured), food producers were encouraged to use pop culture to market their goods. Source:
Quote of the day
Revenge, served luke-warm
Late on Thursday, MPs from the right-wing, populist Alternative for Germany party, or AfD, walked out of the Bundestag, Germany's lower hourse of parliament. That was the AfD's revenge for the rejection of its candidate for the parliamentary committee supervising the German secret service, leader Mr. Gauland explained. Since the AfD is the third-largest party in parliament, the walk-out meant the session had to be suspended. “Absurd theatrics,” a Green party MP declared.
Graph of the day
Venture capitalists invested millions of euros into 475 German start-ups in 2017. Most of the money went to Berlin, with Bavaria the second most popular location for funding. The sums may seem high but in global terms, German venture capitalists are way behind. Of 13,665 deals done worldwide in 2016, only 345 – a mere 3% – were made in Germany.
Person of the day
Death of an IS salesman
German rapper Denis Cuspert was killed in an air strike in Syria last week. Mr. Cuspert, stage name Deso Dogg, joined the extremist group known as the Islamic State in 2014 and was widely thought to have been behind the extremists’ propaganda, including gruesome beheading videos. German intelligence confirmed the 42-year-old Berlin native died in Deir Ezzor this week. Source: