In Brief: Preparations for Berlin Marathon underway

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As as a top destination for competitive runners from across the globe, around 50,000 runners and one million spectators are expected at this year’s Berlin Marathon.

To accomodate the crowds, roads will be closed and traffic diverted along the marathon route. The first closures have already been in effect since Monday.

A police spokesperson said residents with cars who live in an area along the route, are advised to park their vehicles outside of the marathon’s path.

During the marathon, several public transportation routes will also be inaccessible.

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After days of speculation over a potential price hike for local public transportation, the Verkehrsverband Berlin Brandenburg, or VBB, officially announced new ticket fares on Thursday.

Costs will increase for some tickets beginning in January 2020. The cost of subscription cards for students and trainees, as well as the 4-trip ticket will remain the same.

Day tickets, popular with tourists, will see the most significant increase. Annual cards for the entire ABC transit area will also cost more, though the annual subscription for Berlin’s AB network will remain stable.

This price increase is the first in 3 years.

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Siemens is cutting fewer jobs in Berlin than initially expected.

According to the IG Metall workers union, only 410 jobs will be cut in Spandau. That’s 60 jobs less than IG Metall originally thought.

Just a week ago, hundreds of employees from the Siemens switchgear plant in Spandau took to the streets to protest the anticipated job cuts.

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On Thursday, the Bundestag took up the matter of Germany’s Stasi files.

The documents of the former GDR state security are to be transferred to the National Archive within the next two years. For this, five new archives will be built in former East German states.

The files are to remain accessible to citizens. Last year more than 45,000 people applied for personal access to the files.

 

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