Picture of the day
The right to arm bears
State police in Brandenburg received the first batch of 2,000 teddy bears that are to patrol in all 500 police cars in the eastern German state. "The teddies help personnel make contact with frightened or injured children," said the state interior minister, Karl-Heinz Schröter. The toys were funded by the German lottery. In case you were wondering, Hug a Cop Day is March 1. Source:
Graph of the day
Aren't phones only for calls?
Germans love using good old cash for their daily purchases. In 2016, 51 percent of all retail transactions in Germany were in cash. That's down from 62 percent a decade ago but still well above most developed countries. And mobile payments are still virtually non-existent. Just one-third of respondents of an August 2017 survey said they were fine with cashless transactions, while detractors cited safety, data privacy or transaction fees as their main objections.
Person of the day
A member of the far-right Alternative for Germany (AfD) party was elected chairman of the German parliament’s important budget committee. It's a post usually held by a member of the largest opposition party, which will be the AfD if another grand coalition between Angela Merkel's CDU and the SPD is confirmed. Peter Boehringer's nomination last week was met with a barrage of objections as opponents raised concerns about the politician's strident opposition to the euro and his crusade to bring Germany's gold reserves home. Source:
Quote of the day
Wolves were wiped out on German soil in the 19th century, but they've started trickling back into the country from neighboring Poland in recent decades. Since the apex predators are protected, they are thriving in some parts of the country. Now lawmakers from the pro-business FDP, backed by the far-right AfD, want to legalize wolf hunting. They say the population of wolves needs to be capped to avoid "danger for livestock and humans."