German police officers carried out human trafficking raids throughout Berlin on Wednesday. Michael Kulus, a spokesperson for Berlin’s custom office, said the operation targeted companies suspected of illegally smuggling and exploiting workers for construction sites as well as work in other industries.
Berlin Interior Senator Andreas Geisel welcomed the appointment of an anti-Semitism commissioner to the city police force. He said the move sends a clear signal that Berlin will not tolerate anti-Semitism.
Berlin police worked with an advertising agency on a new marketing campaign that cost about 200,000 euros. It includes a short promotional film and posters with the slogan “Wir können Hauptstadt.” Find out more in your KCRW Berlin News Brief.
Berlin’s new international airport is scheduled to open in October 2020. What can we expect and are the past problems history? Erik Kirschbaum is joined by Martin Delius, who was the head of the Berlin state parliamentary inquiry into the airport delays and freelance journalist Grace Dobush.
Keith Duncan and Johannes von Weizsäcker from The Chap join us in the studio ahead of their performance at this year’s Torstraßen Festival, to talk about their recent series of concept albums, midlife crises, and how a long-distance songwriting partnership works.
This week, Berlin’s parliament talked about the problems in the education system, namely the lack of teachers and spots for children in schools. In other news, Potsdam declared a “Klimanotstand” or “climate emergency. And – Germany’s federal cabinet approved a law offering financial relief to families where elderly parents are in need of care.
On Wednesday, the 16-year-old climate activist Greta Thunberg departed from Plymouth, England on a zero-carbon racing boat with her father, a cameraman and two professional sailors. Thunberg is headed to New York to take part in the UN Climate Action Summit.