Graphic of the day
Surveillance cameras installed worldwide surged from 157 million in 2012 to 350 million in 2016, with Germany accounting for five million of them. In a 2016 survey, 33 percent of Germans said security cameras were an infringment of their civil liberties.
Person of the day
Keeping your enemies close
German Chancellor Angela Merkel shared her top picks to fill six open cabinet positions and selected her party's deputy finance minister, Jens Spahn, to serve as the country's health minister, despite the 37-year-old being one of her most vocal critics. Source:
Picture of the day
The big chill
A blanket of snow covered several German cities as temperatures dropped, falling to this year's record low of -27 degrees Celsius, or -16.6 degrees Fahrenheit. That was recorded on the highest peak of Saxony's Ore Mountain range. Source:
Quote of the day
China's e-car empire
Li Shufu, CEO and founder of the China's largest privately-owned carmaker, Geely, announced the purchase of 9.7 percent of Daimler, worth $9 billion, making him Daimler’s biggest shareholder. The Chinese businessman, who meets with Daimler CEO Dieter Zetsche today, said he hopes to work closely with the automaker to access its technology and win out against competitors, rather than purchase additional shares.