In Brief: Taxi driver protest stills traffic at Jannowitzbrücke, and more headlines

On Thursday, a taxi driver protest at Jannowitzbrücke brought traffic to a standstill. Also, there are new details related to the conviction of the ex-nurse found guilt of killing 85 patients. Read more in your KCRW Berlin News Brief.

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On Thursday, former nurse Niels Högel was convicted of killing 85 patients and sentenced to life in prison. The 42-year-old was said to have given patients unnecessary medication to induce cardiac arrest so he could be seen resuscitating them.

The court also ruled Högel will not be eligible for early release after 15 years.

Christian Marbach, spokesman for the relatives of Högel’s victims, welcomed the ruling, saying that Högel has remained a liar until the end and now he’s bearing the full consequences for it. Marbach added he hopes Högel never comes out of prison again.


Hundreds of taxi drivers blocked traffic at Jannowitzbrücke on Thursday. They were protesting against other driving services like Uber in front of the Senate Department for Transport.

The taxi drivers fear their business will be severely impacted if the legislature does not intervene.


Free Democratic Party (FDP) politician Henner Schmidt criticized the Senate on Thursday for not doing enough on infrastructure in Berlin.

Schmidt spoke about dilapidated bridges and conditions in places like Altstadt Köpenick, adding it was unacceptable and making the lives of Berliners unbearably difficult.

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