Cologne is one of those cities one does not forget. So many things about it are special, including this huge thing in its very center. It seems far bigger than anything ever erected by man. Don't even think about getting up there.
Before the Green politician Anne Spiegel became Germany's Family Minister in December of last year, she was Environment Minister in Rhineland-Palatinate. In this position, she took a long vacation right after the flood disaster there, in July of last year. Yesterday, she apologized. Today, she resigned.
Three days after her visit in an area devastated by the recent floods in Rhineland-Palatinate, Angela Merkel went to North Rhine-Westphalia today. In Bad Münstereifel, she looked at more damage and spoke to more affected people.
On Sunday, Germany's largest federal state North Rhine-Westphalia will be holding local elections. According to polls, the two major parties have to expect a beating, while the Greens will become stronger.