Person of the day
Germany’s former chancellor, Gerhard Schröder, caused a bit of stir back home with his front-row seat at Russian President Vladimir Putin’s inauguration on Monday. The German chairman of Russia’s state-owned oil company Rosneft was the second person to receive a handshake, ahead of Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev. Source:
Catch of the day
Environmental conservationists in Berlin have come up with a simple solution to combat a plague of invasive, rapidly reproducing North-American crayfish: Folks should eat as many as they can. The Berlin government has licensed one local business to catch them. The red crustaceans are otherwise off limits for fishermen in the capital’s lakes. Source:
Quote of the day
Holier than thou
The quick-witted German lawmaker, who joined East Germany’s ruling SED party half a century ago and is a founding member of the Left Party, joked in an interview with Bavaria’s Augsburger Allgemeine newspaper that if Jesus Christ were to get involved in politics today, he would definitely be on the left. "But he would never take part in the internal power struggles of a party," he added.
Graph of the day
Germans don’t like much risk when it comes to money, preferring savings accounts to the stock market. Although upset with zero interest rates, they’ve achieved another record-high bank deposits. On the other hand, each German last year owed on average €20,843, or $24,756, in debt, most of which was mortgage.