Asylum seeker seeks job

Are refugees employable? The facts, the bureaucratic maze, the official and unofficial initiatives... and the (rare) success stories. more »

Jan 29, 2016 12:15 PM Zeitgeist

Selling yourself the easy way

You don’t have to be a prostitute to make money off your body. The next time you want to afford one of life’s little luxuries, do what these Berliners did and use what nature gave you. more »

Jan 28, 2016 11:30 AM Zeitgeist

Cooking the books

This month marks the one-year anniversary of Germany's minimum wage, but plenty of Berlin restaurants still aren't paying workers the legal €8.50/hour, at least on paper. How do they get away with it? And why might it actually be a good thing? more »

Jan 19, 2016 12:00 PM Zeitgeist

These Jewish streets

Take a stroll around the Bayerisches Viertel in Schöneberg. Among its well-manicured facades, the street signs tell a different story. Using images and text, they form an informative and moving story of what happened from 1933 to 1945. more »

Dec 11, 2015 2:00 PM Zeitgeist

Makkabi's goal

It hasn't been all hattricks and trophies for TuS Makkabi, Berlin's only Jewish football club. Even today, anti-Semitism occasionally rears its ugly head both on and off the pitch, but the club has carried on, staying true to its origins. more »

Dec 10, 2015 5:00 PM Zeitgeist

The "dos and don'ts" of refugee reporting

Our recent review of the Refugee Voices tour triggered an unexpectedly hostile reaction from its organiser. Should journalists censor themselves? And is there such a thing as do-gooder fundamentalism? Read the full letter and our response here. more »

Dec 9, 2015 12:30 PM Zeitgeist 6 Comments

My mum, the survivor

Hanukkah started yesterday, and we've got a series of Jewish-themed articles to mark the occasion! To begin, Berlin historian Herrmann Simon taped his mother's incredible true story of survival in WWII, now out in English as Underground in Berlin. more »

Dec 7, 2015 12:45 PM Zeitgeist

The trouble with Berliner Luft

With the COP 21 climate change conference having just kicked off in Paris, we turn our eyes to pollution right here in Berlin. Few are aware that we have some of the worst air pollution in Europe. What is the city doing about it? Surprisingly little. more »

Dec 1, 2015 11:55 AM , Zeitgeist 2 Comments

A stone of her own

On the 77th anniversary of Kristallnacht, we take a look at the most ubiquitous reminders of the Holocaust in Berlin: Stolpersteine. Meet a Berlin woman whose quest for a Stolperstein on her block led her down the rabbit hole of Holocaust history. more »

Nov 9, 2015 3:00 PM Zeitgeist 2 Comments

This one’s for the boys

Our November issue shines a spotlight on Schöneberg. One of Schöneberg's features? It's super gay. Here's a day out in Motzstraße, Berlin’s unapologetic man-lovin’ mecca. Read the piece then grab a copy on newsstands now. more »

Nov 4, 2015 11:00 AM Zeitgeist

Ask Hans-Torsten

Hans-Torsten Richter answers your questions about surviving and thriving in Berlin. Write to hanstorsten@exberliner.com.

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