Map of the day
Where's my man in Havana?
One year into Donald Trump’s term as president, 45 of the countries with ties to the US still don’t have an ambassador — including Germany. Critics see this as part of the administration’s determination to gut the State Department and undermine traditional foreign policy-making. However, particularly in sensitive regions such as South Korea, the delay is causing concern.
Person of the day
Taking populists to task
In the Bundestag, Cem Özdemir, the former head of the Green Party, roundly condemned the Alternative for Germany, a party of the populist far right. The AfD wanted the German parliament to reprimand journalist Deniz Yücel for two columns he wrote. Mr. Yücel was recently released after a year in prison in Turkey. “Admit it, you hate this country, its parliament, its values and all that makes it respected abroad,” said Mr. Özdemir, listing Germany’s memorial culture and its proud, diverse citizens with ancestors from Russia to Anatolia. Source:
Photo of the day
Calling for change
Germany's politicians discussed ending a law that prevents doctors from publicizing the fact that they carry out abortions, which are illegal in Germany but not punished. A doctor was recently fined €6,000 for mentioning the service on her website. Lawmakers failed to agree on Thursday but some saw signs of hope that they might liberalize the legislation. Source:
Graphic of the day
The US trade deficit continues to grow, partly in line with America's appetite for tech gadgets ranging from computers to cell phones. Germany's trade surplus, meanwhile, the source of much hand-wringing, has fallen for the first time since 2009 (though it remains the world's largest). But as new global alliances take shape, fears continue to grow about free trade versus protectionism.