In Brief: Berlin cycling activists to hold demonstration after 10th cyclist death in the city this year

The cyclist was struck by a truck last week in Berlin’s Steglitz district.

Photo by: Cottonbro, Pexels

By Sylvia Cunningham, Kate Brady and Monika Müller-Kroll

Berlin cycling activists will hold a vigil later this afternoon to commemorate the death of a cyclist, who was struck by a truck last week in the district of Steglitz.

Police say the truck driver hit the 49-year-old cyclist while making a right turn.

The Berlin chapter of the German National Cyclists’ Association said people will meet at the scene of the crash before riding to the ministry of transport to demonstrate.

The group is demanding that trucks be equipped with turn assist systems it says could help prevent such deaths in the future.

This is the 10th cyclist death in Berlin this year.

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The European Commision is forecasting a more severe recession for the EU than previously projected.

A downturn of 8.3% is expected for the bloc in 2020 – 0.6% more than previously predicted in May.

EU Economy Commissioner Paolo Gentiloni said the disparities among the 27 EU member states have also increased: “They are related to the different timing and stringency of lockdowns and containments, as well as different economic structures.”

He added that in comparison to France, Spain, and Italy, smaller contractions in the Gross Domestic Product (GDP) are expected for Germany.

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Berlin’s regional court has ruled one of the oldest youth clubs in the city can be evicted from its headquarters.

The rental lease for “Potse,” a left-wing alternative youth center in Berlin-Schönberg already expired in 2018. But the young adults never left.

The group’s members said they want to stay put until they find a new affordable place.

Local authorities said it is unlikely that the eviction will happen immediately.

The ruling can still be challenged.

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