In Brief: Berlin governing Mayor Michael Müller hoists rainbow flag at Rotes Rathaus, and more headlines

As an alternative to Hartz IV, Berlin plans to pilot “solidarisches Grundeinkommen” or a solidarity basic income for 1,000 unemployed people over five years. In other news, governing Mayor Michael Müller hoisted a rainbow flag outside of the Rotes Rathaus on Monday, signifying the start of “Berlin Pride Weeks.” Find out more in your KCRW Berlin News Brief.

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Berlin is piloting “solidarisches Grundeinkommen” or a solidarity basic income for 1,000 unemployed people over five years.

The trial participants can get jobs in state-subsidized institutions, jobs like assisting staff in daycares, nursing homes or schools.

The program was introduced as an alternative to the welfare benefits system, Hartz IV. The first 250 participants in the trial will likely start this summer.

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On Monday, Berlin’s governing Mayor Michael Müller hoisted a rainbow flag outside of the Rotes Rathaus, the town hall in Mitte, signifying the start of “Berlin Pride Weeks.” He was joined by the managing director of the Lesbian and Gay Association Berlin-Brandenburg and the CEO of the BVG.


In a statement, Müller talked about how diversity should be seen as an asset to society, not a blemish. He also said homophobia, transphobia, hatred, violence and intolerance have no place in Berlin.

According to a press release, all 12 Berlin districts and the Abgeordnetenhaus, or state parliament, will fly the rainbow pride flag.

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The Rockhaus in Lichtenberg will continue serving as a rehearsal space for musicians in the future. The news became official after the state of Berlin signed a 20-year lease with the owner of the building on Monday.

Earlier this year, the future of the Rockhaus was in jeopardy when it was announced the lease was being terminated.

The Rockhaus provides rehearsal rooms for about 1,000 musicians and bands.

In a statement on Monday, Klaus Lederer, Berlin Senator for Culture and Europe, said the musicians who fought and organized represent the future of the Rockhaus.

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The Schlossbrücke in Charlottenburg will be closed for maintenance for the next eight weeks. No cars will be allowed on the bridge during that time. The Schlossbrücke should be open again starting August 23.

 

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