2019 marks more than 70 years since the Berlin Airlift, one of the world’s greatest humanitarian efforts. To commemorate this anniversary, KCRW Berlin spoke with veterans who took part in the mission, including the famous American pilot Colonel Gail S. Halvorsen, also known as the “Candy Bomber.”
Germany’s Federal Environment Ministry wants the manufacturers of products like fast food packaging, cigarettes, and disposable cups to contribute to the costs of cleaning city streets. In other news, the food delivery service Deliveroo is withdrawing from Germany.
Berlin’s Interior State Secretary Torsten Akmann said building a fence around Görlitzer Park and locking it at night could help deter drug dealers from doing business there. In other news, Germany’s Finance Minister Olaf Scholz defended his plan for the “Solidaritätszuschlag.”
Are e-scooters a key step forward in German e-mobility, or are they a passing fad? Soraya Sarhaddi Nelson talks with tour guide Jan Katzmarczyk, American journalist Matthew Schofield and German entrepreneur Florian Walberg.
A smoking ban at playgrounds across Germany? A Pfand system for cigarette butts? We break down proposals from Deutsche Umwelthilfe and from a petition posted to change.org that has over 53,000 signatures.
Should the blood alcohol limit be changed for people riding e-scooters? SPD parliamentarian and scientist Karl Lauterbach has prompted a discussion. In other news, some CDU, SPD and Green politicians are open to increasing the value-added tax on meat.