In his acceptance speech, Bodo Ramelow, who previously held the premier post for six years, refused to shake the hand of his challenger, Björn Höcke, who heads the local branch of the far-right Alternative for Germany (AfD) party. Ramelow said he’d rather be rude than extend the courtesy to a man who tramples on democracy.
From now through March 10, Americans living in Germany who are members of Democrats Abroad can cast their ballot in the organization’s global presidential primary. Meanwhile, U.S. President Donald Trump faces no serious challenger from his own party, so Republicans Overseas Germany is focused on November.
This week on Studio Berlin, we talk about Berlin’s five-year rent freeze, which came into effect last Sunday. Will it lead to positive changes for Berlin’s renters, or will it slow down housing construction and scare away new investors?