Picture of the day
Down 'n' dirty
Around 4,000 people nose-dived into the muddy banks of the Elbe river at the weekend for the "Wattolümpiade," or Mud Olympics. Taking place at the North Sea coastal town of Brunsbüttel, competitors from around Germany and neighboring countries got soiled in volleyball matches and sledge races in the hopes of nabbing medals and raising money for cancer patients. Source:
Person of the day
Auf wiedersehen, Puidgy
So long Berlin, bonjour Belgium: Carles Puigdemont is moving this Saturday. The exiled former Catalan leader is free to leave Germany after a Spanish court dropped an international arrest warrant against him, ending court proceedings that have kept him in the German capital since March. “I don’t know if it’ll be 20 years before I set foot on Spanish soil again, but what I do know is that I won’t wait 20 years to return to Catalan soil,” he told reporters on Wednesday. Source:
Graph of the day
Germans are polishing off the same amount of sugar as they did in the 1950s, despite growing awareness about negative health affects. While experts recommend no more than 9 kilos a year per person, Germans are eating almost four times more on average. Many don't realize the sweet stuff hiding in their foods – for example, twice as much sugar in soft drinks in Germany compared to other countries such as England and France.
Quote of the day
Singling out Seehofer
Green party co-chairman Robert Habeck criticized Horst Seehofer, who is not only the country's interior minister but also in charge of sports in Angela Merkel's cabinet. He said Mr. Seehofer is partly to blame for soccer star Mesut Özil quitting the German national team, citing racism. But this is one time when the Greens are divided. Former Greens leader Cem Özdemir, himself of Turkish descent, has scathingly called the withdrawal a "chip pass to those who reject democracy" in Germany and Turkey. Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, who sparked a massive debate when he took a picture with Mr. Özil, has praised the soccer star's resignation.