Dour politician of the day
If we can’t confront President Trump about his tweeted lies on German crime statistics, at least BBC Newsnight can poke holes in a German far-right politician’s allegations. Beatrix von Storch didn’t have much fun on Tuesday night. But then again, does she ever? The AfD lawmaker is partially right that while violent crime slipped in 2017, the murder rate rose 8.6%. But that was in part because 72 murders committed earlier in the decade were solved — they were committed by a single German caregiver, not immigrants, as Ms. von Storch likes to allege. In fact, the percentage of non-German perpetrators fell 13.9% in 2017.
Quote of the day
Ms. von der Leyen goes to Washington
And by “sidelines” Ms. von der Leyen means President Trump and by “field” she means Germany. Germany’s defense minister was in Washington D.C. on Wednesday and stopped for a photo op outside The Donald’s house. She said Germany’s contribution to NATO is just fine, defying his criticism, and noted that Germany had always been a “reliable” partner when it came to helping in crisis-torn regions.
Poison of the day
Lowering nitrate levels
The European Court of Justice on Thursday said Germany isn’t doing enough to combat nitrate levels in groundwater. The ruling clears the way for the European Commission to fine Europe’s largest economy if the levels don’t diminish. The main source of the contamination: agricultural fertilizers. But don’t worry: Germany’s water is still safe to drink. So that’s no excuse to drink more beer instead. Source:
Graph of the day
Outsiders may think football is Germany’s national sport but insiders know the favorite German pastime is worrying. What Germans worry about depends on the zeitgeist. A few years ago it was immigration. But right now it’s living conditions, as gentrification and a real-estate bubble send housing prices soaring. Politicians, are you listening?