In Brief: Report details increase in number of Berlin apartments

A report from the Statistical Office for Berlin-Brandenburg found an increase in the number of Berlin apartments in 2018, and an SPD politician was appointed as the new justice minister. Find out more in your KCRW Berlin News Brief.

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The Statistical Office for Berlin-Brandenburg found there was a 0.9% increase in the number of apartments in Berlin last year. According to a report released Wednesday, there were 18,000 more apartments in the city in 2018 than in 2017.

The steepest rise was seen in Treptow-Köpenick, followed by Mitte. Meanwhile, the number of social housing apartments in Berlin has decreased, according to the Federal Ministry of the Interior. Within one year, the city lost about 20,000 social housing units.


SPD politician Christine Lambrecht has been appointed as the new justice minister, as Katarina Barley moves onto Brussels to serve in the European Parliament.

Lambrecht has been working in the Bundestag since 1998. She’s also a lawyer and deputy chair of the SPD parliamentary group.

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