The Berlin Senate approved a measure on Tuesday that would allow for a citywide rent freeze. A planned road tax was shut down by the EU Court of Justice. And German authorities have made their biggest-ever drug bust: 670-kilogram of heroin in transit near the Polish border. Find out more in your KCRW Berlin News Brief.
EU foreign ministers met in Luxembourg to discuss the alleged attacks on two oil tankers in the Gulf of Oman. Also, Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer, leader of the CDU, said her party has done too little to address climate protection in recent years.
In Berlin, the Plansche im Plänterwald water playground in Treptow has been temporarily closed after 30 children complained of itching and skin rashes. In other news, CDU politician Octavian Ursu defeated AfD candidate Sebastian Wippel for mayor in the Saxony town of Görlitz this Sunday.
We’re pleased to announce our upcoming cooperation with the International Literature Festival Berlin. Running from September 11-21, the festival serves as a platform to present contemporary developments in prose, poetry, non-fiction, graphic novels, and children’s and young adult literature from all around the world. Stay tuned on air and online for interviews with the organizers, authors, ticket giveaways and much more.
We’re pleased to announce our upcoming cooperation with Silicon Allee Unplugged, on Wednesday, June 26. Silicon Allee Unplugged is a series of discussions in which visionaries and change makers talk about their experience in tech, business, politics, and the social sector. The first guest speaker will be Mitch Landrieu, former Mayor of New Orleans, in a discussion moderated by Silicon Allee Co-Founder, Travis Todd.
Over the next six weeks, a robot will answer simple travel questions at Berlin’s main train station. The hope is this kind of AI technology will free up customer service employees for more complex inquiries. Find out more in your KCRW Berlin News Brief.
The Volksbühne finds their new artistic director, the opening of the Humboldt Forum will be delayed until 2020, and Späti owners will take to the streets on Sunday to protest against rules limiting their business hours on Sundays.
Next Tuesday’s Senate meeting to decide whether or not Berlin rent prices should be frozen for five years has propelled the owner’s association Haus und Grund to publish a countdown clock on their website, alerting members that this week could be their last to increase rent prices.