In Brief: Berlin Economics Senator predicts citywide GDP growth of 2% in 2019

A new report from Berlin Economics Senator Ramona Pop shows that although the city’s economy is growing more slowly than last year, it’s still growing above the national average. Find out more in your KCRW Berlin News Brief.

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On Wednesday, Berlin’s Senator for Economics, Energy and Public Enterprises presented data on the city’s GDP and employment rate.

Although Berlin’s economy is growing more slowly than last year, it’s still growing above the national average.

Berlin’s Economics Senator Ramona Pop predicted a citywide GDP growth in 2019 of 2%, compared to an expected 0.5% in Germany as a whole.

Pop said the most important goal was to modernize the economy through ecological innovation. She said solar energy will be expanded and more rooftops in Berlin should be equipped with solar panels in the future.


As the Amazon rainforest continues to burn in Brazil, the country’s government is under fire for not taking enough action. Now some German politicians are weighing in on what should be done.

Federal Minister of Food and Agriculture Julia Klöckner told the newspaper Welt she would speak about the topic with her Brazilian counterpart.

Klöckner specifically cited commitments made in a sweeping trade agreement between the Mercosur bloc and the EU, settled just this past June. The deal removes the majority of tariffs on EU products to four South American countries, including Brazil, Argentina, Paraguay, and Uruguay.

Part of the agreement is also a commitment to more sustainable forest management. Klöckner said if Brazil does not fulfil this obligation, the agreed tariff reductions might not be possible.


Zoo Berlin has already set up a complete maternity ward for giant panda Meng Meng. On Tuesday, an ultrasound confirmed the panda’s pregnancy.

The zoo’s director, Andreas Knieriem, said the team must now expect that the panda could go into labor at any time.

To be on the safe side, Meng Meng is under the watchful eye of caretakers around the clock. The zoo has also set up an extra night shift.


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