Companies in Germany send out between 50 and 80 million cards in the weeks leading up to Christmas. Graphic designs such as stylized Christmas trees or stars are especially popular. The motto is: "Less is more."
After a poor beginning, the German government has begun offering meaningful help to those affected by the Berlin Christmas market attack. But has the country really learned how to deal with any future such events?
The Berlin parliament has launched an inquiry to find out why Anis Amri was not caught before carrying out a murderous rampage. The Christmas market attacker was known to authorities, and had been followed before.
Greece's finance minister has sent Christmas e-cards to staff featuring the Charles Dickens character Ebenezer Scrooge. The move is a dig at international lenders who have pushed Greece into deep austerity.
Valentine card sellers are gradually going out of business as more and more Ghanaians adopt smart phones and social media as their means of sending messages of affection.
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