Photo of the Day
Shiny, Happy People
Forget the French, the Italians, the Spanish and the Brits – Germans are the happiest people in Europe. A Bertelsmann Foundation study found that people in Germany are the most content with their government and the most optimistic about their future. The French came next, followed by the people of Poland and then the UK.
Person of the Day
Cheers, Big Ears
Waiter Oliver Struempfel set a new world record for carrying one-liter biersteins. The German waiter broke his own previous record by carrying 29 steins a distance of 40 meters. At competition held in Abensberg in Germany, Mr. Struempfel had to carry the glasses without spilling more than 10 percent of the beer.
Quote of the Day
Chancellor Angela Merkel seems unflappable as she sails through the season with the prospect of an easy victory for her party in the federal election on September 24. She is cool as a cucumber, following a low-octane TV duel on Sunday with her Social Democrat competitor and being pelted with parts of a tomato at a rally in Heidelberg on Tuesday. Protesters shouting "liar" and calling her a betrayer of her people didn't sway her.
Graph of the Day
Germany is tied up in knots over Dieselgate and the transition to cleaner cars: On the one hand, smog in cities remains a problem and thousands of drivers are stuck with VWs equipped with cheat software. On the other hand, buyers aren't yet lining up to buy electric cars, many of them worried about how far those cars can drive without charging? Handelsblatt took a look at the ranges.