The compromise provides for carbon dioxide emissions to become significantly more expensive than initially planned by the Grand Coalition. In return, citizens are to receive a higher commuter allowance, and lower prices on tickets for long-distance trains.
The German government vows to look on the inside, not just the outside, to combat the spread of right-wing extremism and terrorism. The domestic intelligence agency says more attention will also be paid to public service employees. This and more in your KCRW Berlin News Brief.
German Chancellor Angela Merkel met with ministers and top representatives from industry and trade unions to discuss the need for more skilled workers in Germany. Officials signed off on a new plan to streamline the hiring process and attract non-EU workers in various sectors, including healthcare and IT.
Hertha BSC has had a tough Bundesliga season so far, but there’s hope on the horizon. German soccer legend Jürgen Klinsmann took over as head coach in late November. Can he save Hertha? Studio Berlin host Erik Kirschbaum talks to Claus Vetter, Dirk Walsdorff and Kres Harrington.
Each month, in our segment Leitmotifs, opera singer Fredrika Brillembourg talks to creatives in the world of opera and classical music. In this edition, Fredrika talks with award winning opera director Nicola Raab. Her productions have been in opera houses all over the world, including Copenhagen, Valencia, Los Angeles, and Strasbourg.