Quote of the day
Equal opportunity commissioner Kristin Rose-Möhring proposed revisions to Germany's national anthem to include two gender-neutral words: "Heimat," or homeland, would replace "vaterland," or fatherland. And "brüderlich," or brotherly, would be replaced by "couragiert," or courageous. Responses to the SPD politician's proposal have ranged from supportive to douchey — sorry, annoying.
Person of the Day
A brutal attack
Bernhard Günther, CFO of utility company Innogy, was attacked with acid by two assailants while walking through a park in Düsseldorf. Mr. Günther's injuries are life-threatening, but he is in stable condition. Police are searching for the attackers and are investigating whether the assault is linked to a conflict between environmentalists and RWE, which owns Innogy. RWE operates a large open-pit coal mine that encroaches on an ancient forest. Source:
Photo of the day
Poised for takeoff
A flock of 27 glass birds can be found resting at the Pergamon Museum in Berlin in an exhibit called "Perched." The birds, which are located in the Aleppo Room, are a metaphor for Syrian refugees unable to return home, says Turkish artist Felekşan Onar. Source:
Pergamon Museum/ David von Becker
Graphic of the day
A very essential oil
Palm oil is the most produced plant oil in the world and is found in hundreds of different products including foods, biofuels and cosmetics. The EU, the second-largest buyer of palm oil behind India, moved to curb the use of palm oil in biofuels, putting suppliers on the lookout for other markets for expansion.