Person of the day
'Astro-Alex' takes off
The excitement in Germany is palpable as Alexander Gerst takes off from Kazakhstan’s Baikonur spaceport on Wednesday. A Soyuz rocket will bring him, American astronaut Serena Auñón-Chancellor and Russian colleague Sergei Prokopyev to the International Space Station. The mission, christened “Horizons,” will be Mr. Gerst’s second. For the next six months, “Astro-Alex” will be the first German commander of the ISS, overseeing 67 European experiments and tweeting from orbit to his more than 1 million fans. Source:
Picture of the day
'No swimming for Nazis!'
Call it karma, bad luck or a politically motivated crime – it’s probably a bit of all three. A picture of far-right AfD leader Alexander Gauland looking forlorn in his swimming trunks has been making rounds on Twitter. It emerged that the politician and notorious trivializer of Nazi crimes had his stuff stolen while at a lake near Berlin last week. Local media reported that an onlooker shouted “No swimming for Nazis!” Police are investigating the theft. How do you say “schadenfreude” in English? Source:
Quote of the day
United we stand, or do we?
German-Polish relations have seen better days and it was very clear during Mr. Steinmeier’s trip to Warsaw yesterday amid celebrations of 100 years of Polish independence. The German head of state and his Polish counterpart, Andrzej Duda, had plenty to disagree on. Hinting at Germany’s disapproval of Poland’s crackdown on the independent judiciary, Mr. Steinmeier stressed that democracy and the rule of law were fundamental European values. Not to be outdone, Mr. Duda voiced his opposition to the Nord Stream 2 pipeline and called for a Europe of free nations.
Graphic of the day
White-collar crime and punishment
Crime has been decreasing in Germany in recent years and white-collar crime is no exception. But although the number of reported cases has nearly halved since 2010, the losses remained high. The good news, however, is that police caught the culprits in 94 percent of cases in 2016. That’s well above the 56 percent clearance rate for all crimes in Germany that year.