Berlin wants to hire more people to teach in the Volkshochschule system, and instructors are getting a raise to make the profession more attractive. Anyone with a high school diploma or equivalent is welcome to apply.
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.
A new analysis shows Berlin workers handed over nearly 786 million euros worth of unpaid overtime to employers. A new campaign #Fairdient wants to put a stop to unpaid overtime in Germany and prevent an increase in the legal maximum daily working hours. Find out more in your KCRW Berlin News Brief.