Members of Germany’s police special forces arrested a suspected terrorist in Schöneberg on Tuesday. Police say the 26-year-old Syrian was an active member of Islamist extremist chat groups which discussed the construction of bombs and tactics for carrying out attacks.
Will Chinese companies like Huawei control a dominant share of the critical infrastructure? Host Noah Barkin delves into the question with guests Janka Oertel from the German Marshall Fund, and Jan-Peter Kleinhans from the think tank Stiftung Neue Verantwortung.
On Thursday, lawmakers in the Bundestag passed a compulsory measles vaccination law. They also voted to eliminate the country’s solidarity tax, a tax used to bolster infrastructure in the former East Germany, for 90% of taxpayers by 2021.
Should a portion of Templehof’s open space become forest? Politicians from CDU Berlin say planting trees would boost the field’s recreational value and have lasting positive effects on the urban climate.
One reason for the increase is the scarcity of housing, particularly social housing. Former director of the Federation of Organizations Working with the Homeless, Thomas Specht, told KCRW Berlin that Germany loses more units of social housing per year than it builds.
How have East and West Germany grown together 30 years after the Fall of the Berlin Wall? This week on Studio Berlin, host Erik Kirschbaum remembers the Fall of the Wall and discusses the making of a new Germany after 1989.