Berlin News in English Media

Berlin News in English Media

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Berlin News: Berlin in the News – and News from Berlin – in English.

If you want to know what’s ‘really’ happening in Berlin, or at least what English media is reporting about Berlin, then this page might be the right place for you.

Here you’ll find a frequently updated compilation of the latest Berlin News in English / by English language media so you can get a picture of what is going on in Berlin, what people in Germany’s capital talk about – and how ‘the rest of the world’ sees Berlin.

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Google not welcome in Bohemian Berlin district

The Business Times — Monday, 11. June 2018
"A wall with the words "Google, you snitch!" in Berlin's Kreuzberg district. Google's Berlin hub, due to open later this year, is set to be the latest outpost ..."

What it costs to live in Berlin

VICE News / Milena Mikael-Debass — Saturday, 09. June 2018
"Thanks partly to the former mayor dubbing Berlin “poor but sexy” back in 2003, the city has drawn a large community of creatives, including artists and ..."

The Highs & Lows Of Moving To Berlin At 30

Refinery29 / Ariane Thornton-Mason — Friday, 08. June 2018
"At the start of the year, my other half got offered a job in Berlin. I was sceptical of moving, to say the least. I didn't have a job, I didn't speak German, I'd ..."

BVG orders 30 electric buses for Berlin / Nora Manthey — Tuesday, 05. June 2018
"Following a lengthy tender process, Berlin transport provider BVG has made its decision. The board approved the acquisition of 30 electric buses that .."

Berlin responds to crayfish plague: If you can’t beat them, eat them

Reuters — Monday, 07. May 2018
"To halt the invasion, the Berlin government has licensed a local business to fish the 15 cm (6 inch) crustaceans, which carry infections that native crayfish are not resistant to, out of the ponds in public parks that they have taken over. The license runs until the end of the year, and some 1,600 crayfish have ..."

Shared bikes take over Berlin

Handelsblatt Global Edition / Grace Dobush — Sunday, 06. May 2018
"The number of shared bikes has risen by 75 percent since last year, and last week China's biggest bike-sharing company, ofo, released 2,000 bicycles onto the streets of Berlin, bringing the total of shared bicycles in the capital to more than 18,000 from eight companies, per Handelsblatt research."

Day in the Life: Berlin

NYU Washington Square News / Leo Tulchin — Wednesday, 02. May 2018
"Berlin is a wonderful sprawl. Wide open plazas, enormous public parks and adorable European bike lanes take the place of skyscrapers, concrete and traffic. Everything is achingly beautiful because it's Europe, yet remains practical because it's Germany. Imagine the Renaissance masters taking time off ..."

Berlin: An Art Scene and a City in Flux

New York Times / Scott Reyburn — Tuesday, 01. May 2018
"“We choose what is intense, even if we don't like it,” said Jonas Burgert, an artist based in Berlin, pausing, bemused, in front of a stainless steel buffet unit spouting luridly pigmented water on the gallery floor. Mr. Burgert is one of seven Berlin artists who organized “Ngoro Ngoro II,” a four-day ..."

The Myth That Reagan Ended the Cold War With a Single Speech

History / Sarah Pruitt — Tuesday, 01. May 2018
"On June 12, 1987, President Ronald Reagan stood just 100 yards away from the concrete barrier dividing East and West Berlin and uttered some of the most unforgettable words of his presidency: “Mr. Gorbachev, tear down this wall.” By the time Reagan traveled to Berlin, Germany, to commemorate the ..."

Germany to fund museum investigations into provenance of colonial-era artefacts

Art Newspaper / Catherine Hickley — Monday, 30. April 2018
"Savoy complained of a lack of attention to provenance research in the preparations for the new institution, which will house Berlin's non-European collections. She is now advising the French president Emmanuel Macron on how to carry out his pledge to return artefacts of African heritage in French ..."

9 Highlights from Gallery Weekend Berlin

Artsy / Emily McDermott — Monday, 30. April 2018
"An influx of both art-world power players and newcomers to Berlin recently descended for the 14th edition of the city's Gallery Weekend. The official program included 47 galleries, from established spaces like Sprüth Magers and König Galerie to younger locations like Klemm's, with countless project ..."

A Guide to the Weird and Wacky in Berlin

New York Times / David Farley — Tuesday, 24. April 2018
"The Brandenburg Gate and the Fernsehturm, the erstwhile East Berlin TV tower, are icons of the German capital, not to mention what's left of the wall. Visitors flock to the Pergamon Museum, the Alte Nationalgalerie and Checkpoint Charlie. Even the famed anything-goes techno club Berghain ..."

The Berlin paradox: Striving for equitable urbanization without gentrification

Handelsblatt Global Edition / Grace Dobush — Monday, 09. April 2018
"“Poor but sexy” is how Klaus Wowereit, a proudly gay former mayor of Berlin, once described his city. The attribute stuck, even as Berlin kept becoming a more global and cosmopolitan city. The kind of laissez-faire lifestyle you can have with a small budget in Berlin hasn't been possible in New York for ..."

Why the writing’s on the wall for Berlin’s murals

The Guardian / Philip Oltermann — Monday, 02. April 2018
"Tourists heading to Berlin for a culture fix this spring will not have to pay an entrance fee to a gallery to view the German capital's best-kept art secret. On the corner of Kurfürstenstrasse and Budapester Strasse, just across from the Berlin aquarium, visitors can admire a rarely seen black and white work ..."

The end of the line for Berlin’s historic public amenities

Handelsblatt Global Edition / Karl Grünberg — Saturday, 31. March 2018
"The man approaches the phone booth in central Berlin. But he doesn't put any money into the slot, nor does he dial any numbers. He simply lifts the receiver in this lone booth, still standing on Kastanien Allee, one of Berlin's most fashionable streets in the trendy suburb of Prenzlauer Berg. He listens for ..."

Students celebrate 70th anniversary of Berlin Airlift

The Auburn Plainsman / Stephen Lanzi — Friday, 30. March 2018
"Paul Harris, professor of political science and associate director of Prestigious National Scholarships, was invited by the German Honor's Society and the department of foreign language to commemorate the 70th anniversary of the Berlin Airlift. Harris has spent over two decades teaching in both ..."

Four Operas in Berlin Bring the Drama Down to Human Size

New York Times / Micaela Baranello — Friday, 30. March 2018
"For sheer quantity of opera, few cities can rival Berlin, which has three major companies to serve a population of 3.5 million. The current season is even more eventful than usual: The Staatsoper, which tends to attract the most star singers of the three, has returned to its newly renovated ..."

Berlin to ignore vote on city airport’s future

Washington Post / Associated Press — Tuesday, 27. March 2018
"Berlin's city government says it doesn't plan to honor the result of a referendum in which a majority voted to keep open the German capital's Tegel Airport, even after its much-delayed new international airport opens. Some 56 percent of Berliners voted in September's non-binding referendum ..."

Berlin relaxes AirBnB restrictions

The Business Times — Friday, 23. March 2018
"Authorities in the German capital Berlin decided Thursday to soften one of Europe's strictest regimes for short-term rental firms such as Airbnb, allowing private individuals to rent out their main home without time limitations. The new rule will come into effect on May 1. The news comes after the ..."

Berlin to drop Airbnb ‘ban’ on renting out main homes

The Local Germany — Friday, 23. March 2018
"The news comes after the Berlin administrative court confirmed in several rulings that home sharing does not impact the local housing market. A May 2016 ruling had clamped down on the practice, allowing home owners to only renting out one room via specialised web portals such as Airbnb or Wimdu, ..."

Hartmut Dorgerloh nominated to head Berlin’s Humboldt Forum

Art Newspaper / Catherine Hickley — Wednesday, 21. March 2018
"German Culture Minister Monika Grütters says she will propose Hartmut Dorgerloh as the future director of the Humboldt Forum, scheduled to open at the end of next year in Berlin's reconstructed royal palace. Dorgerloh, 55, has managed the Prussian Palaces and Gardens Foundation since 2002."

Berlin housing market continue expanding with two-digit pace

Finance Appraise / Angelina Nieves — Wednesday, 21. March 2018
"Germany had not government almost five months but this was not felt on the Berlin property market. Last year Berlin housing prices rose by an average of 12.7% per square meter, according to data from the real estate agency First Citiz. Thus, the tendency for significant price increases in recent years ..."

Berlin Art Week moves dates: Two art fairs will open at Tempelhof

Art Newspaper — Tuesday, 20. March 2018
"Berlin Art Week has changed its dates to 26-30 September, shifting two weeks later than its former mid-September slot. Negotiations for the new timeline began after news that the sophomore edition of Art Berlin—a reboot of the former Art Berlin Contemporary (abc) fair in partnership with Art Cologne but ..."

Porsche Celebrates 70 Years Of Sports Cars With Special Berlin Exhibition

Carscoops — Tuesday, 20. March 2018
"The exhibit is being held at Drive, the Volkswagen Group forum that opened in Berlin just a few years ago. It's open seven days a week from 10 am to 8 pm, and admission is free of charge. It's just one of several special activities that Porsche has planned for this anniversary year. There'll be another ..."

Top Lufthansa boss says new Berlin airport will probably never open

Irish Times / Derek Scally — Tuesday, 20. March 2018
"Berlin's cursed international airport is almost six years late, and, according to a leading Lufthansa executive, will probably never open. Thorsten Dirks, a Lufthansa board member and head of its EuroWings budget subsidiary, told a closed-door event in Bavaria: “My prognosis: the thing will be torn down ..."

Berlin mayor backs ‘basic income’ to tackle capital’s unemployment

The Local Germany — Tuesday, 20. March 2018
"The Social Democrat (SPD) politician told the Berliner Morgenpost that he wants to see an overhaul of the welfare system, with Hartz IV to be replaced by a “solidary basic income” model. Hartz IV was one of the biggest components of the major labour market reform ..."

Inside an enormous abandoned airport in Berlin that’s coming back to life (Video / VR)

Washington Post / Luisa Beck, Rick Noack, Joyce Lee — Saturday, 17. March 2018
"As rents rise in many of the world's major cities, it's almost unheard of to find any unused space. But in the heart of Berlin sits an empty area so massive that it's the size of an entire country. Tempelhof Field was once the world's largest airport, the same size as the principality of Monaco …"

‘In Berlin’s housing market people are getting mad, getting scared’

The Local Germany / Emily Manthei — Thursday, 15. March 2018
"Ryan was experiencing something first hand that has become a central social issue in Berlin in recent years: an overheated rental market is making it lucrative for landlords to try and push out long-term tenants in order to charge new tenants much higher rents ..."

Berlin Contends With Street Names of a Brutal, Overlooked Past

CityLab / Feargus O'Sullivan — Tuesday, 13. March 2018
"Take a stroll through Berlin's Afrikanisches Viertel neighborhood and you'd quickly recognize it for what it is—an unremarkable, pleasantly humdrum working-class area like you could find anywhere in the city. Solid gray interwar tenements flank tree-lined streets ..."

‘Never Again’: Fighting Hate in a Changing Germany With Tours of Nazi Camps

New York Times / Katrin Bennholdm — Sunday, 11. March 2018
"When Jakob Hetzelein, a history teacher in a working-class district of northeastern Berlin, decided to take his students to Sachsenhausen, a short suburban train ride from the German capital, he was not sure how it would go down. His lessons on Nazi Germany had met muted enthusiasm ..."

Mayor of tough Berlin district among new German ministers

Washington Post / Associated Press — Friday, 09. March 2018
"Germany's center-left Social Democrats announced Friday they're nominating the mayor of one of Berlin's toughest districts among six ministers the party will have in the country's next government. Franziska Giffey is considered a rising star within the party …"

Berlin’s LGBTQ refugee center a haven for those fleeing civil war, homophobia / Finbarr Toesland — Friday, 09. March 2018
"Berlin is different; you feel as if there is no going back,” Hassino told NBC News. Only two months after he submitted his asylum request, it was approved. Fortunately for Hassino, he arrived in Berlin in 2014, just before the European refugee crisis began to overwhelm the city's bureaucracy ..."

Venues announced for tenth Berlin Biennale

Art Newspaper — Friday, 09. March 2018
"The tenth Berlin Biennale for Contemporary Art announced its venues at the annual press conference of the Federal Cultural Foundation (Kulturstiftung des Bundes), its main funding body, on Wednesday evening. Titled after the Tina Turner song from 1985, We don't need another hero, the Biennale will ..."

US billionaire Warren Buffett to buy Berlin’s priciest real estate

The Local Germany — Tuesday, 06. March 2018
"Rubina Real Estate works with foreign investors to secure high price apartments in the Berlin market. The company buys properties in the most expensive parts of Mitte, Köpernick and Zehlendorf, reported the Berliner Zeitung on Tuesday …"

A glimpse into Berlin’s eco fashion scene

University at Buffalo - The Spectrum / Elizabeth Roth — Monday, 05. March 2018
"The third annual Ethical Fashion Show Berlin took place Jan. 16-18 at the former Kraftwerk power plant, now a vibrant and energetic venue for exhibits and events. It involved over 120 vendors and a catwalk finale with 25 models wearing the hottest ethical styles …"

Things Learned At: CTM in Berlin

The Quietus / Tristan Bath — Friday, 02. March 2018
"Berlin's ever-ambitious CTM festival tackles this head-on. The festival's them this year: Turmoil. It's a striking choice of wording, fostering a sense of chaos, hardship and suffering that 'disruption' and 'disorder' don't quite hit. It's also an artistically fruitful concept ..."

Berlin and Brandenburg boasted most hours of sun this winter

The Local Germany / DPA — Thursday, 01. March 2018
"In February, Berlin and Brandenburg logged a historically high number of sunny hours, despite the bitter cold temperatures. Brandenburg's bright days led it to boast a winter temperature above the average of previous years, of 1.8C compared to 0.1C …"

Berlin film festival 2018 roundup

The Guardian / Jonathan Romney — Sunday, 25. February 2018
"Berlin 2018 has been a tricky one. It's the penultimate year for Dieter Kosslick, festival director since 2001, and questions are hanging in the air following last November's letter in which 79 German film-makers called for a post-Kosslick overhaul of the fest, so that it can compete ..."

How David Bowie’s Berlin period inspired Duncan Jones’ sci-fi film Mute (blog) / Clark Collis — Tuesday, 20. February 2018
"David Bowie famously spent a portion of the '70s recording in Berlin — and that period left a lasting impression on the late rock superstar's director son, Duncan Jones, who has made the German city the setting for his new Netflix science fiction film …"

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