Picture of the day
Where everything that glitters is gold
This year, when Angela Merkel goes to the one mid-summer music festival she never misses — no, not a Berlin rock festival, it's Bayreuth's Wagnerian bash — she will doubtless visit the Margravial Opera House. The baroque theater, nominated a world heritage site by UNESCO, has been renovated for €30 million. The interior motif? Gold, gold and more gold. It opens to the public on April 12. Source:
Quote of the day
Scenes from an unhappy marriage
Germany's coalition partners – the Social Democrats and the Christian Social Union (CSU) – are fighting over whether asylum seekers can bring family members to Germany. The coalition agreement says 1,000 family members may come every month. But the SPD says the CSU’s conditions are way too strict. Some call this the grand coalition’s first big test, but others don't expect it to collapse over this.
Vegetable of the day
All hail the great white asparagus
It’s almost that time when Germans feel a gastronomical itch they absolutely have to scratch. Yup: white asparagus season. To most people, the local lust for the long white perennial seems odd. But for the locals, a plate of “white gold” smothered in buttery Hollandaise sauce is an unrivaled treat. Perhaps they're so excited because “Spargelzeit” heralds the end of winter. Source:
Graph of the day
Challenging brick and mortar
The number of malls in Germany has grown from just two in 1965 to an expected 492 by 2020. But the number of Germans who shop online is also growing. The share of online sales as a percentage of total retail revenue rose from 2.4 percent in 2007 to almost 10 percent last year. So when asked about the biggest challenges facing the sector, over a third of respondents from the German Council of Shopping Centers were in no doubt: Online shoppers and the digital world.