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Germany grants Snowden asylum!

Merkel's government is finally about to grant asylum to Edward Snowden. Could the NSA whistleblower be just days away from joining his compatriots in Berlin? more »

Apr 1, 2015 11:30 AM Features 2 Comments

Don't judge a Wurst by its name

Ever wondered exactly what goes into a Geflügelwurst? You're not alone. Here's a inside look at the complicated and secretive system of German food labelling regulations. more »

Feb 27, 2015 3:45 PM Zeitgeist

Berlinale Blog: Panorama picks

Ben reviews two of the most popular documentaries in the Panorama – both of them portraying the problems of weaving the personal and the political. more »

Feb 13, 2015 3:15 PM The Berlinale Blog

Photo copyright Oliver Möst/Berlinale/EFM

Berlinale Blog: What's the point of film financing?

At the European Film Market, it's obvious that Germany's film financing isn't what it used to be. more »

Feb 13, 2015 1:30 PM The Berlinale Blog

Berlinale Blog: Ben tries to go Grey

Fifty Shades of Grey. Fifty? More like two – sad grey and grumpy grey. more »

Feb 12, 2015 9:00 AM The Berlinale Blog

Berlinale Blog: Why is German TV so crap?

Ben has been pondering the question for some time, but so have most German people. Now the Berlinale has an answer. more »

Feb 10, 2015 9:45 PM The Berlinale Blog

Berlinale Blog: Victoria – A second look

Ben is always swayed by social media hype, but still he thinks he might have been wrong about Victoria. more »

Feb 10, 2015 11:45 AM The Berlinale Blog

Berlinale Blog: The Look of Silence – another opinion

The Look of Silence is a very different kind of film to its Oscar-nominated predecessor The Act of Killing – it is much less brain-frying, but in some ways more honest. more »

Feb 9, 2015 9:15 PM The Berlinale Blog

The Berlinale Blog: How to make a good German movie

Ben has a theory why German films are rubbish. And he found the movie that proves it. more »

Feb 7, 2015 11:00 PM The Berlinale Blog

The Berlinale Blog: Why are there no great German movies anymore?

Ben is bored of current German films, so he went to the Perspektive Deutsches Kino section to find out if the country's hot young directors can do any better. more »

Feb 7, 2015 1:15 PM The Berlinale Blog 4 Comments

The boss of the ghetto steps down

Is (more) change coming to Neukölln? District mayor Heinz Buschkowsky announced on Tuesday that he's ending his 13-year reign as of April. We profiled the controversial politician and author in our June 2013 "Movers and Shapers" issue. more »

Jan 28, 2015 12:40 PM People 2 Comments

Searching for radicals

Germany has banned ISIS, but this doesn’t seem to have stopped ever more youth from joining the jihad in Syria. Who are Berlin’s recruits? We went looking for extremists and found… “Salafists”. more »

Dec 19, 2014 11:30 AM Zeitgeist

Exberliner goes deutsch

"Und das ist auch gut so..." After a lot of deliberation regarding ourselves and the changing social landscape of the city, we've made a radical decision: Read on to find out what future holds in store for Berlin's international magazine. more »

Apr 1, 2014 10:00 AM The Berlin Blog 14 Comments

The Berlinale Blog: Werner Herzog's niece wasn't there

Ben has been to five different parties now, and has cleverly worked out the rules of the who-is-more-important game. more »

Feb 14, 2014 6:30 PM The Berlinale Blog

The Berlinale Blog: Slight exclusive! Scandal at the Retrospektive!!!

Snooping around at the Retrospektive drinks event, Ben discovered the dark secret about the Berlinale's nerdiest section: this year it's not actually about anything. more »

Feb 12, 2014 11:00 AM The Berlinale Blog 1 Comments

The Berlinale Blog: Standing quite close to Nick Cave

Ben went to a party and stood near Nick Cave. It was exhilarating and life-changing. more »

Feb 11, 2014 10:00 AM The Berlinale Blog

The Berlinale Blog: LaBeouf is not the same as von Trier or Cantona

Ben went to another soul-withering press conference today. This time he got to watch Shia LaBeouf be a total dick for no reason. more »

Feb 9, 2014 6:00 PM The Berlinale Blog 3 Comments

The Berlinale Blog: Typical gringo film

Ben Knight thinks they should re-name press conferences something else. Because there ain't any journalists there. more »

Feb 8, 2014 6:00 PM The Berlinale Blog 1 Comments

Full exposure! The Exberliner team reveals all

With summer in full swing, are you still looking for more estival exploits? Search no more. These tips may hail from 2011, but the advice is evergreen – Exberliner editors present and past share their tidbits for the perfect summer day in Berlin. more »

Jul 15, 2013 12:00 AM , , , , , , , Zeitgeist

Prehistoric relations

OUT NOW! THE CROODS is more than just a Flintstones-rip with something for everybody. more »

Mar 21, 2013 10:00 AM Film