“Eid Milad Majid” means “Merry Christmas” in Arabic, and that's what we're wishing to Berliners both new and old. Our December issue gets you in the spirit with a decadent gift guide and some heartwarming examples of Willkommenskultur. Plus euthanasia, climate change, undetonated explosives... and shoes!
HOW TO STUFF A BERLIN STOCKING Need something for the “naughty” side of your list? We've got your Berlin-made bras, booze, balaclavas and BDSM accessories right here.
“TRANSFORM THE WORLD, OR YOU SHALL BE TRANSFORMED BY IT” Is the Earth doomed? Climate change scientist Hans Joachim Schellnhuber, advisor to Merkel and the Pope, assesses our progress.
HOW I GOT MY GERMAN HUSBAND From blowjob lessons to scheming au pairs, alumni of eastern European 'man-catching schools' tell all.
DYING TO HELP Four specialists debate Germany's new restrictions on assisted suicide.
CRAFTY INTENTIONS You're a creative type, and you want to lend a hand – so why not teach art or design to refugees? These Berliners found out it's not as easy as it sounds.
SELLING THEIR SOLES A breakout success, old-world orthopaedics, a lone-wolf artisan and the guardians of the slipper: four Berlin shoemakers.
ASYLUM GREETERS Meet the refugees who help other refugees.
“EVERY BOMB COULD BE THE LAST” Bomb disposal expert Dietmar Püpke tells us why he loves his job.
UNDER THEIR WING Inside the refugee shelter at Tempelhof Airport.
Also in this issue:
TODD HAYNES The celebrated American director talks about Carol, the lesbian love story that's become one of the best-reviewed films of the year.
BLIXA BARGELD It's war for Christmas this year as Einstürzende Neubauten perform their WWI masterpiece Lament on Dec 25-28 at Radialsystem, followed by a greatest hits concert on New Year's Eve. Berlin legend Bargeld tells us what to expect.
SIMON MCBURNEY The UK actor and theatre maker directs a German-language adaptation of Stefan Zweig's Beware of Pity at the Schaubühne, premiering December 22.
SUNG TIEU The Vietnam-born, Berlin-based artist addresses all kinds of migration in her exhibition Emotion Refuge, on at Micky Schubert through January 18.
BEST OF BERLIN A refugee tour, a new T-Rex skeleton at the Natural History Museum and a cafe that unites knitting and noodles.
BERLIN BITES French burgers, Mitte's best quick and cheap lunch, and three artisanal sausage makers.
...And much, much more!