In Brief: Berlin CDU proposes planting a forest on Tempelhofer Feld

Should a portion of Templehof’s open space become forest? Politicians from CDU Berlin say planting trees would boost the field’s recreational value and have lasting positive effects on the urban climate.

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Lawmakers from Berlin’s CDU want to redesign the open space on Tempelhofer Feld.

The CDU is promoting the idea of turning a portion of the historic former airfield into a forest. The proposal suggests planting mixed forest on about a third of the existing public space.

Along with the planting of trees, the CDU also wants to build 6,000 new apartments on the periphery of Tempelhof.

Berlin’s CDU leader Kai Wegner said the question should be placed in front of Berlin voters again. Previous plans to develop the land at Tempelhof, including a referendum in 2014, have failed to win public support.


Chancellor Angela Merkel defended several of her government’s policies at Employers’ Day events, held at the Estrel Hotel in Neukölln on Tuesday.

German Employers’ Day calls itself the most important economic and socio-political congress within the German economic sector.

One of the policies the chancellor discussed was climate protection.

Merkel said Germany’s new climate package is necessary, whether or not it’s going to be easy. The chancellor said hundreds, if not thousands of scientists have made it clear that changes must be made in order to prevent catastrophic warming.

Merkel also praised the new basic pension law, passed on Sunday. The new rules provide for a higher basic pension for low-income workers.


A giant air dome was inflated on Tuesday in Wedding. The outdoor swimming pool on Wedding’s Seestraße now has a covered roof to allow for year-round use.

The pools should be available as of December.

The large inflated dome was erected to offer a substitute swimming option ahead of renovations on the Paracelsus-Bad in Reinickendorf and the Stadtbad Tiergarten.

The inside of the hall will be heated and the air dome will be dismantled during the summer season for continued open air swimming.


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