Seventy-five young American professionals ages 18-24 had the opportunity to engage German Ambassador Peter Wittig in a Q&A on Capitol Hill yesterday as part of their orientation for the 31st year of the Congress-Bundestag Youth Exchange (CBYX).
CBYX @ 30
Germany came in first in a new energy efficiency ranking of the world’s major economies, followed by Italy, the European Union as a whole, China, and France.
Energy Efficiency Ranking
The German under-19 National Team defeated Portugal in the European Cup this week, crowning them as European Champions. Fans have high hopes for German soccer for years to come.
The market research firm Canadean reports that the German ice cream market is currently worth 2.7 billion dollars, meaning it is worth more than any other European country. In 2013, the last time a report like this was produced, Germany was second to Italy as Europe's ice cream capital.
Germany: An Ice Cream Nation
A week after Philipp Lahm shocked soccer fans in Germany by retiring from the national team, rumors have been flying about the possibility of Head Trainer Joachim Löw retiring as well. Löw spoke out to quell these rumors, assuring fans that he fully intends to finish out his contract with the team.
Löw Quells Retirement Rumors
Volkswagen has officially announced that they will be exclusively producing its newest midsize SUV at the Chattanooga plant in Tennessee. According to the VW press release, from 2014 to 2018, Volkswagen is planning to invest more than 7 billion dollars in the US and Mexico.
New VW Investment
The European Union's Erasmus Programme sent 270,000 university students abroad in Europe during the 2012/13 academic year, many of which chose to study in Germany. Spain ranked as the most popular destination for Erasmus students, but Germany came in second, bringing in more than 30,000 students during the academic year.
Erasmus Program in Germany
From the protected mudflats of the Wadden Sea in the west to the distinctive chalk cliffs of the island of Rügen in the east, Germany's coastline offers something for just about every taste.
Do you spend a lot of time dreaming up a life that you wish you lived? Do you create unrealistic scenarios in your mind, or visualize that impossibly expensive 20-bedroom mansion? In German, there's a special word to describe those "castles in the sky": Luftschloss.
Word of the Week