A new proposal from Berlin Senator for Urban Development and Housing Katrin Lompscher would freeze rent prices in the city for five years.
The proposed rent cap, detailed in a paper released Wednesday to the Berliner Morgenpost, would exclude social housing and new apartments that haven’t been rented before. It would also permit landlords to apply for economic hardship allowances.
The plan has been criticized by CDU politician Christian Gräff who called the proposal half-baked and legally vulnerable, adding that it could lead to years of legal battles.
The European Union Commission has recommended launching disciplinary proceedings against Italy due to the country’s high national debt.
It’s possible Italy could face a fine of up to 3.5 billion euros.
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