Photo of the day
Until recently few people outside of northern Germany had heard of Neumünster. But since Carles Puigdemont, the Catalan separatist leader, was arrested last week, the sleepy town in Schleswig-Holstein has seen visitor numbers soar as protesters flock to the prison where he is held. Some of them, like this pro-independence demonstrator, have footed over all the way from Catalonia, some 2,000 kilometers away. Source:
Graphic of the day
German financial investors could be close to ending their assets shopping spree. Private equity investments reached a record-high in investment volume in 2016 (€20.8 billion) and in the number of private equity transactions in 2017. Most investments were buyouts, leaving a lack of attractive investment opportunities in their wake. However, given Germany's stellar economic situation, who's to say whether that will drive the market up or down.
Quote of the day
Playing bad cop
Rainer Wendt, the head of the German Police Union, regularly talks tough on crime and punishment, but some think he's reached a new low. He told a regional German daily on Wednesday that authorities "need to act decisively" against anti-Semitism amongst migrants and not shy away from removing children from families. Last week it was reported that a Berlin girl was bullied by Muslim schoolmates for being Jewish.
Number of the day
Although water quality has markedly improved in Germany's 9,000 streams and rivers in past decades, a comprehensive survey of river health has found that just 6.6 percent of observed rivers are in good condition for aquatic life according to EU criteria. In addition, 79 percent of the country's watercourses are significantly damaged by infrastructure development.