People of the day
The White Rose siblings
What would you do if you lived in a fascist dictatorship? In the early 1940s, Hans and Sophie Scholl chose to resist the Nazi regime at their peril. The siblings joined a group of Munich University students called White Rose, who circulated thousands of leaflets urging Germans to resist Hitler and condemning the persecution of Jews. They were caught distributing the pamphlets and executed on February 22, 1943 — exactly 75 years ago today. Sophie was 22, her brother, 25. Source:
Quote of the day
A food bank in Germany's Ruhr area said it has stopped registering foreign newcomers until further notice. The Essener Tafel cited the dramatic increase in the number of foreign recipients of food aid. Migrants and refugees made up 75 percent of the 6,000 beneficiaries when the decision was made last month. According to Mr. Sartor, single mothers and German grandmothers are deterred by foreign men pushing and shoving.
Photo of the day
Bild Zeitung has shown time and again that it's not the kind of news outlet that lets facts stand in the way of a good story. Last week, Germany's most-read daily ran shrill front-page headlines claiming a Russian hacker called "Yuri" secretly supported Social Democrats opposed to a coalition with Angela Merkel's party. But on Wednesday, the editorial team of Titanic, a satirical publication, revealed that they were behind Yuri's bogus emails and that the right-wing tabloid swallowed them hook, line and sinker without bothering to verify the information. Source:
Graphic of the day
China was Germany's largest trade partner for the second year running while France, which long occupied the top spot until 2014, languished in fourth place last year. Despite President Donald Trump's fiery rhetoric against Germany's trade surpluses, the country's exports to the US – totaling €111.5 billion ($137 billion) in 2017 – dwarfed US exports to Germany by almost two to one last year. That's lots of Mercedes-Benzes in New York and few Chevrolets in Berlin.