In Brief: Plan to rename ‘Mohrenstraße’ after 19th-century composer attracts new controversy

Renaming the “Mohrenstraße” U-Bahn stop as “Glinkastraße” is facing backlash, with the weekly Jüdische Allgemeine reporting the 19th-century Russian composer the street would honor, Mikhail Glinka, was an anti-Semite.

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By Sylvia Cunningham, William Glucroft and Dina Elsayed

The proposed new name for a Mitte subway stop that is to replace a derogatory reference to Black people is attracting controversy of its own.

Renaming the “Mohrenstraße” U-Bahn stop had been welcomed by activists and Berlin politicians, although not everyone wanted to name it after 19th-century Russian composer Mikhail Glinka.

The weekly Jüdische Allgemeine reports Glinka was an anti-Semite.

During a press conference yesterday, Berlin Senator Ramona Pop encouraged the BVG to keep its renaming process of Mohrenstraße open and not rush it.

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Berlin airports saw a major increase in passengers last month.

Almost 168,000 passengers came and went through Tegel and Schönefeld in June.

That’s a three-fold increase over May, according to the Berlin-Brandenburg Airport Company. Even so, the increase is only a fraction of the 3.2 million passengers who traveled through those airports during the same period last year.

Meanwhile, Berlin’s long-delayed new airport conducted an operations test yesterday on check-ins, security controls and baggage carousels. Tests will take place over the next few months, but with less than half of the 20,000 people who were supposed to take part.

An airport spokesperson said the pandemic made it necessary to reduce the total number of participants, with a few hundred people taking part in any one test.

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German Interior Minister Horst Seehofer met via video conference with his EU counterparts yesterday to discuss changes to the bloc’s asylum policy.

Seehofer told reporters a top priority is preventing the deaths of people who cross the Mediterranean seeking refuge. He added all member states want to avoid stop-gap solutions to sea rescues.

Last year, more than 110,000 refugees attempted to cross the Mediterranean. According to the International Organization for Migration, more than 1,200 people died.

EU Commissioner for Home Affairs Ylva Johansson is now tasked with drafting a proposal for a new common asylum policy.

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