Outgoing person of the day
Screw you, Martin
Sigmar Gabriel, the acting foreign minister, is currently Germany's most popular politician. But the former head of the Social Democrats is peeved at the way he has been treated by the party – he was sidelined from the coalition talks and will be replaced as foreign minister by the (less popular) current party leader, Martin Schulz. "It's unfortunate that the public's regard for my work meant absolutely nothing to the SPD leadership," he said. Source:
Quote of the day
Members of Angela Merkel's Christian Democrats are angered over the concessions she made to woo her rival Social Democrats to renew their coalition. She agreed to give them three prized ministries and six in total. Many believe the move, especially to surrender the finance ministry, will further weaken the party, which in September suffered its worst election result since WWII.
Picture of the day
Out of the wild
For the past several days, two deer have been strolling in broad daylight through the village of Ewersbach in the state of Hesse. The 100-kilo-heavy animals have been roaming around the city, weaving in between cars, striding across gardens and generally making themselves at home. But not all of the 3,000 villagers are excited over the visitors from the wild that have been breaking down fences and tipping over waste bins. Source:
Graph of the day
In China's fast lane
German cars have been selling like hotcakes in China, with Volkswagen leading the pack. Every fifth car currently sold in the country comes from Germany. In 2017, car sales totaled 24.2 million. Although sales of electric cars continue to grow annually (336,000 in 2016), analysts forecast slower overall growth in the years ahead.