Leon Hofmann is among the Abitur test takers who is back in school this week after the pandemic closed them a month ago. The student penned an open letter to the Berlin Senate, asking it to postpone the exams, but without success.
For 13 years, Matthias Liber’s French cafe has offered its Berlin community a taste of the old country. But the pandemic has meant he can now only offer takeout service and he fears for his future. This post originally aired on April 7 and replayed on April 17.
In response to U.S. President Donald Trump’s plan to slash funding for the World Health Organization, German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas tweeted that blame doesn’t help and close international collaboration is necessary to beat the coronavirus.
“Sophie,” 24, is an intensive care nurse in a large Berlin hospital. She is using her middle name because she doesn’t want to draw attention to her hospital or her colleagues, who worry about being overrun by COVID-19. Sophie also has a serious message for her generation. This piece originally aired on April 1 and was replayed on April 16.
Few leaders in EU states agree on what should happen to people who flee to Europe to escape war and poverty.
Studio Berlin host Soraya Sarhaddi Nelson explores this sensitive topic with journalists Joanna Kakissis and James Kanter. We also hear from Jane Wangare, a volunteer with “Women in Exile,” and a female asylum-seeker whose refugee center was locked down because of a COVID-19 threat.