Jibe of the day
Richard Grenell’s statement that he wants to "empower" conservative movements in Europe to compensate for the “failed policies of the left” continues to make headlines. A leader of Angela Merkel’s Christian Democrats, Johann Wadephul, said the ambassador should refrain from domestic politics. The chair of Germany’s Left party, Sarah Wagenknecht, said Ms. Merkel’s government should extradite the US ambassador from Germany. Source:
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State visit of the day
To celebrate 50 years of gas deliveries to Austria, Russia’s president is meeting with Chancellor Sebastian Kurz in Vienna. In an interview with Austrian public broadcaster ORF, Vladimir Putin denied that Russia supported nationalist European movements to weaken the European Union. He also dismissed claims that his government backed the Russian Internet Research Agency, which has been accused of spreading fake news to influence elections in Europe and the US. Source:
Complaint of the day
The owner of a leading German drugs store chain, Rossmann, authorized tests of cosmetics sold on Amazon Marketplace. Raoul Rossmann said a survey of 24 products showed that many of them violated German regulations. Together with rival chains DM and Douglas, he wrote a letter to the government, demanding fair competition for all vendors of cosmetics, whether online or in-store. The chains are subject to state supervision, whereas Amazon’s sellers sometimes are not. Coincidentally (or not), Amazon and web retailer Zalando have expanded their online ranges of beauty products.
Graphic of the day
More power, less value
Following Dieselgate and the prospect of cities banning older diesel cars from their streets, buyers have been looking at other fuel-powered cars, especially gasoline. As a consequence, the price of used diesel cars has slowly dropped. The jump in January 2018 is a result of four-year-old cars being replaced by three-year-old ones.