Huh? "Freie Erde"? Anyone who picked up the Nordkurier edition from the letterbox or opened the e-paper this morning might have rubbed their eyes: Our editorial team announced on the front page that it had changed its name to "Freie Erde" - and also that it was returning to its layout. This was the title of the Nordkurier in GDR times, when the paper was still an SED district newspaper. The alleged first front page of the resurrected "Freie Erde" is garnished with messages that are based on the linguistic style of the former socialist newspaper. The whole thing is, of course, an April fool's joke. Read more about it at