Picture of the day
Barbies busting stereotypes
Toymaker Mattel has been releasing figures from its line of Shero – a combination of the words "she" and "hero" – Barbie dolls since 2015. To celebrate International Women’s Day, it's offering 14 more women worthy of emulation. The new batch includes the first German model: Iranian-born, German fashion designer Leyla Piedayesh, the businesswoman behind the label Lala Berlin. Source:
Graphic of the day
The threat of a Trump-inspired trade war has analysts looking more closely at the ebb and flow of international businesss. In the first half of the 1990s, most trade was between industrialized nations. In the more recent past that has changed. Now developing countries are also an important part of international trade alongside industrialized nations.
Person of the day
The mayor of a Berlin suburb may soon be part of the new German cabinet. Neukölln Mayor Franziska Giffey will likely be proposed as Germany’s next minister for family affairs tomorrow. The Social Democrats in eastern Germany have called for better representation from the east in government ministries and Ms. Giffey is originally from Frankfurt (Oder), a city near the Polish border. Source:
Quote of the day
And with those words one of Germany’s most popular politicians declared his departure from the spotlight. Mr. Gabriel is the country’s foreign minister and deputy chancellor, but he will not be offered a place in the new government’s cabinet, he wrote in a letter given to local media on Thursday morning. Mr. Gabriel’s departure comes after a number of all-too-public arguments with his Social Democratic Party’s leaders.