Christmas in Germany—that means hot mulled wine, Christmas markets, and family—this year it also means discussing a TV commercial by a supermarket chain that makes death a subject of social media discussion.
On December 2nd, the German Federal Intelligence Service published an analysis that categorizes the desert nation Saudi Arabia as “impulsive”. However, Saudi Arabia has reserved eighteen billon Euro to buy tanks from German manufacturers. This contradiction is reason enough to cause a discussion in Germany.
David Cameron takes the gloves off: He handed in his demands for Britain to stay in the EU. Annoyance is the #1 reaction in German social media. Why? The German Gist gives the top four reasons why #Brexit (=Britsh exit) was trending on German Twitter.
German media reported that auto manufacturer Volkswagen is accused of having manipulated diesel-fueled cars in the U.S. only to turn on emission controls when being tested. The next day, #Volkswagen and #dieselgate are trending on German Twitter. Twitter users and other netizens are appalled, but they are also a bit suspicious given the circumstances.