Picture of the day
Love rubs off
Cologne will likely lose one of its unofficial landmarks and tourist attractions: the thousands of locks that have been latched to the Hohenzollern Bridge in the city center. Germany’s state-run railway operator, Deutsche Bahn, wants to have the locks removed, not due to weight (although they weigh some 40 to 45 tons), but for a bit of upkeep. As trains cross the bridge, the locks rattle, rubbing off a protective coating that keeps the bridge from rusting. This coating needs to be reapplied. Source:
Number of the day
Bring back the bottles!
Germans love their beer and mostly drink it out of bottles, not cans. Like most drink containers, the bottles are recycled, but breweries have reported that demand is outstripping supply in this hot weather. Germans aren't bringing their bottles back to be cleaned and refilled fast enough for more beer to go out. The problem has become “particularly acute,” Marc-Oliver Huhnholz, a spokesman for the German Brewers Association, told news wire DPA.
Person of the day
Big man at Audi
Markus Duesmann, a BMW executive, was lured away by Volkswagen to be Audi's new chief executive officer, replacing interim CEO Bram Schot. The VW subsidiary has been searching for a new head since June, when Rupert Stadler was arrested on charges of obstructing justice in clearing up Dieselgate. (Mr. Stadler denies the accusations.) Mr. Duesmann is the second executive that VW has enticed to leave rival BMW. Source:
Peter Kneffel / DPA
Quote of the day
Germany's foreign minister, Heiko Maas, took to Twitter to reiterate that Europe is united in opposition to US President Donald Trump and his punitive tariffs. Last week, Europe imposed a tariff on steel imports and could target coal, pharma and chemicals from the US if Washington follows through with its threat to tax European cars. Mr. Maas also said this of tariffs: "No one can have an interest in punitive tariffs, because in the end, everyone loses."