In this quiz, we test your knowledge of some of the expressions we’ve
focused on in 2013. We’ve covered many topics, from political scandals to
royal babies, from energy policies to Franz Kafka. What have you learned?
Now that Germany's grand coalition has finally been agreed upon —
and the various posts have been allocated — we can all return to more pressing problems. Like dealing with the contents of our email inboxes.
Two events last week made me think about the importance of attitude and motivation. One, not surprisingly, was the death of Nelson Mandela. The other was a discussion forum on international business communication.
Black Friday, the day after Thanksgiving, officially starts the Christmas shopping season in the US and marks the day that stores move out of the red and into the black.
It’s closely followed by Cyber Monday, the day on which many shoppers
order online. This year, however, it wasn’t so black-and-white.
I was going to get up early today and start work at 6.30. Then I
remembered an article that I had read recently and changed my mind. The reason was that I didn't want to become any more stupid than I already am.
For the second time in recent weeks, Germany has been involved in an economic dispute with its partners. And once again, it has got things wrong. I say this with no sense of anti-German feeling or Schadenfreude.