In Brief: Berlin Senate agrees on housing development plan

The Berlin Senate has agreed on the latest plan for urban development in the city. Find out more in your KCRW Berlin News Brief.

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The week-long dispute between the SPD and die Linke over Berlin’s new housing development plan has been settled for now.

The red-red-green coalition approved the controversial urban development plan on Tuesday – after Berlin’s governing Mayor Michael Müller demanded that Senator for Urban Development Katrin Lompscher make adjustments. The changes include the development of four contested areas of the city: the Siemens campus in Spandau, the Gut Hellersdorf site, the Dragoner-areal in Kreuzberg and the Späthsfelde area in Treptow.


According to the Federal Statistical Office, about one in four people in Germany have a “migration background.” That amounts to nearly 21 million people, according to data from the 2018 microcensus, 2.5 percent higher than in the previous year.

The Federal Statistical Office defines a person with a migration background as someone who is a migrant himself or has a mother or the father who was not a German citizen at birth.

Slightly more than half of the people with a migration background are Germans.

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