Person of the day
Anja Karliczek is the newest member of Chancellor Angela Merkel's cabinet undertaking the job of education minister. Ms. Merkel said she was sure the former banker and hotelier would succeed in uniting education, work and family. Many responded with surprise, including Ms. Karliczek herself. The announcement was made on her birthday, and she called it a “real present.” Source:
Graph of the day
License to... watch telly
Across Europe, public broadcasting is funded partly by TV licenses and other fees, which vary widely across the bloc. German channels gets its euros from both, but while they keep calling for more cash, viewers keep hoping the charge will be dropped. On Sunday, Switzerland will hold a referendum on whether to scrap its incredibly expensive broadcasting tax. Polls hint Swiss voters will reject the proposal backed by the far right.
Stat of the day
People who are unemployed in Germany have the highest risk of falling into poverty among EU countries, followed by Lithuania and Latvia, according to a Eurostat study. The member nations with the lowest risk of poverty for the jobless were France, Cyprus and Finland. Leftist politicians in Germany criticized Social Democrats and Christian Democrat politicians for their failure to address the problem.
Quote of the day
Tribute to a titan
A humanity prize will go to George Soros, the outspoken Hungarian-American investor, for his defense of human rights and free speech. Adam Fischer, the renowned conductor of the Düsseldorf Symphony Orchestra, praised Mr. Soros' decades of philanthropy to progressive liberal causes. Past winners of the prize include Doctors Without Borders and the Kara Tepe Refugee Camp on Lesvos.