In Brief: Police investigate attempted arson attack on Robert Koch Institute building in Berlin

No one was hurt and the guard was able to put out the flames.

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By Soraya Sarhaddi Nelson and Kate Brady

Police are investigating an attack on the Robert Koch Institute, which is Germany’s disease prevention authority and the lead agency on the novel coronavirus in the country.

Investigators told news agency dpa that a security guard at the Tempelhof-Schöneberg facility saw several suspects on Sunday night throw “incendiary devices” at the building.

No one was hurt and the guard managed to put out the flames.

Meanwhile, the Berlin Senate is expected on Tuesday to come up with new restrictions that will be added if the city’s COVID-19 numbers continue to rise. The city reports there are 131.8 cases per 100,000 people in Berlin over the past seven days.


The unexpected death of Bundestag Vice President Thomas Oppermann sent shock waves across Germany on Monday.

Chancellor Angela Merkel said in a statement that the 66-year-old Social Democrat had “rendered outstanding services” to the German parliament in “turbulent times.”

Between 2013 and 2017 he had served as the parliamentary party leader for his center-left party in the Bundestag.

Two months ago, Oppermann announced he would not seek reelection to the Bundestag following his 30-year political career that began in the Lower Saxony regional parliament.

He died on Sunday evening after collapsing at public broadcaster ZDF while doing what the network described as TV work.


Schönefeld Airport is no longer, at least in name. This past weekend it became Terminal 5 at Berlin’s new international airport, BER, which officially opens on Oct. 31.

To help ferry passengers to and from the airport, rail service is being stepped up this week. But a looming problem is the station escalators, which only go up to Terminal 1. That means arriving passengers trying to get to the trains will have to wait for the elevators or carry their luggage down the stairs.

For the latest on BER airport, tune in to “Studio Berlin” at 9:30 a.m. on Wednesday or download the podcast.

The last flight from Berlin’s Tegel airport, meanwhile, takes off at 3 p.m. on Nov. 8.

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