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One for all
As Finland's pilot project for a universal basic income passes the one-year mark, Germany is watching the pros and cons of it closely. In a survey of over 1,000 Germans, a majority of respondents said they'd support the system and still keep their jobs. What a contrast to a similar poll the Swiss conducted in June 2016, when around 77 percent rejected the idea for their country.
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A prost from Seehofer
Former Bavarian premier Horst Seehofer is expected to be named interior minister in a new governing coalition agreed on Wednesday. What a big surprise: Mr. Seehofer lost the candidacy for his state post to a long-time rival last year, and looked destined for the political sidelines after his Christian Social Union, the regional ally of Chancellor Merkel's Christian Democrats, suffered its worst election showing since 1949. Source:
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A cold welcome
Germany knows a thing or two about frosty winters, but Dirk Schimmelpfennig, Germany's Chef de Mission at the 2018 Winter Olympics, told South Korean media that he was taken aback by PyeongChang's frigid temperatures. "It feels like minus 25 degrees or something, and this is even special for us," said the leader of the German team. He assured the cold won't affect the performance of his 154 athletes.
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Cold snap, incoming
Speaking of frigid temps, the coldest week of the winter is on its way to Germany. Many areas will see their longest span of temperatures below 39 degrees Fahrenheit, according to a senior AccuWeather meteorologist. The mercury already plunged in Cologne on Wednesday, where cherry blossom trees at the Japanese Culture Institute were covered in a fresh blanket of powder overnight. Source: