Picture of the day
Penny for our thoughts
Helmut Schmidt, a Social Democrat who was West Germany’s chancellor from 1974 to 1982, is celebrated on a new two-euro coin commemorating the centenary of his birth. A diplomat and intellectual, Mr. Schmidt presided over a period of domestic turmoil caused by the stationing of US missiles on German soil, and domestic terror by the Red Army Faction. He died in 2015. Source:
Graph of the day
Of mice and men
Animal experiments are under scrutiny after revelations that Volkswagen and other German carmakers used monkeys — and human guinea pigs — to assess the damage wrought by diesel emissions. While condemnations are rolling in after the fact, it is emerging that many German politicians were aware of the tests but failed to ask questions at the time.
Person of the day
A nation astray?
Germany’s ambassador to the UK said the way Brits see their role in World War II was feeding Euroskepticism. British people view the UK as standing alone again against German domination but that doesn’t help when it comes to contemporary problems, Peter Ammon said. Source:
Word of the day
The word “influencer“ has been elected Anglicism of 2017. A jury argued the word filled a lexical gap caused by cultural and technological change. Contenders “blockchain“ and “nice” came in second and third. Anglicism of the Year is an initiative aiming to remind people that English terms positively contribute to the development of the German language.