The Berlin Senate is spreading the word about the city’s employees right to paid educational leave in a new campaign. This and more in your KCRW Berlin News Brief.
Zoo Berlin has confirmed giant panda Meng Meng is indeed expecting, following several weeks of uncertainty. In other news, patriarch and former CEO of Volkswagen, Ferdinand Piëch has died at the age of 82. Piëch is credited with helping VW and other brands establish a global presence in the auto industry.
On September 1, Brandenburg & Saxony go to the polls in state elections that could be a litmus test for Merkel’s government. Host Sumi Somaskanda looks into the possible implications of the upcoming vote with Berlin Policy Journal’s editor, Henning Hoff, the DW’s political correspondent Thomas Sparrow, and Krautreporter journalist Josa Mania-Schlegel.
German police officers carried out human trafficking raids throughout Berlin on Wednesday. Michael Kulus, a spokesperson for Berlin’s custom office, said the operation targeted companies suspected of illegally smuggling and exploiting workers for construction sites as well as work in other industries.