In Brief: CDU looks to the future post-EU election, heat warnings issued for Berlin

CDU looks forward post-Europawahl, German Weather Service issues heat warning for Berlin and surrounding areas. Find out more in your KCRW Berlin News Brief.

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CDU party leader Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer said her party has received the message from voters: the Christian Democrats must and will address questions that shape the future, like climate change, digitalization, technology, and innovation.

Kramp-Karrenbauer also said her party must focus on the future of mobility and improving living conditions in both urban and rural areas.

Her remarks come after her center-right conservatives received 22.6 percent of the vote in the European elections – down by more than 7 percent from 2014.


The German Weather Service issued a heat warning for Berlin and large parts of Brandenburg this week. Temperatures are predicted to reach a high of 34 degrees Celsius in Berlin on Wednesday – that’s about 93 degrees Fahrenheit. Staying hydrated and avoiding strenuous activity is recommended.

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There’s also an increased risk of forest fires in the region. Authorities say anyone looking to barbecue, should make sure a ban is not in place before lighting the grill.

One example – the district office in Mitte has reissued a ban on grilling in Monbijoupark. The office says the park still hasn’t recovered from Germany’s dry summer last year.

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