Person of the day
Euro-zone finance ministers chose Luis de Guindos as the next vice president of the European Central Bank. The appointment of the Spanish economics minister will symbolically bring Spain back into the EU's "Big Four." Mr. de Guindos is a former Lehman Brothers head who is fluent in English, leading analysts to agree that he'd be the right advocate for southern Europe in the single-currency area. Expect a bit of friction at the ECB if the Bundesbank's Jens Weidmann becomes president as is now widely expected. Source:
Graph of the day
Ticket to ride
The German government is currently debating if making public transportation free could help improve the environment. Berlin's ticket prices are considered mid-level in Europe, although they are increasing a lot faster than incomes. According to Statista research, the cost of German public transport has increased about 16 percent between 2012 and 2017.
Photo of the day
Decked out in white full-body suits adorned with blue sets of lungs, Greenpeace activists put on an eerie demonstration against pollution in Stuttgart ahead of a potential watershed court ruling. One of Germany's highest courts will decide on Thursday if diesel cars can be banned from parts of highly populated cities, like Stuttgart or Düsseldorf, to cut down on high levels of dangerous fine particles and nitrogen oxide in the air. Source:
Quote of the day
Social Democrat Susanne Neumann became the national face of old-age poverty in Germany when she confronted Foreign Minister Sigmar Gabriel on a television program. "I can't live on my pension. What did I do wrong? I was never lazy," she said. Ms. Neumann worked as a cleaning lady and now suffers from cancer. She told German daily Die Welt she would be voting "No" against a new coalition with Chancellor Merkel's conservatives because it would be bad for the SPD in the long run.