Activity of the day
The right-wing Alternative for Germany, or AfD, has proposed changing the constitution to make German the official language of Germany. The language is in danger, said the AfD — and mostly, it would seem, from English. The proposition is being debated in the Bundestag today but most other politicians are already opposed. It's an ongoing issue for the far-right party: Last month the AfD said that German junior schools should not prioritize learning other languages. Source:
Quote of the Day
Harsh words from one German politician in reaction to an announcement by US president Donald Trump that his country would soon impose high tariffs on steel and aluminum imports. The Americans need to be shown where German’s boundaries lie when it comes to our understanding for “an irrational and protectionist US president,” Mr. Lange, a Social Democrat in the European parliament, continued.
Graph of the day
While many Germans want more global cooperation in the future, they don’t necessarily like the idea of getting closer to the US as much as Americans like the idea of getting closer to Germany. Just over one-third of Germans want to see less cooperation with the US in the future, a survey by the Pew Research Center and the Körber Foundation showed. They'd much prefer to work with France or Russia.
Person of the day
The Christian Democratic politician and interior minister for the central state of Hesse wants to further tighten up German gun laws. Anyone making extremist statements or openly making plans to end a democracy with violence should not have access to weapons, Mr. Beuth said, referring to the homegrown, far-right Reichsbürger movement. “Every extremist with a weapon in their hands poses a danger,” he argued. Source: