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Berlin politics

Seymour loves Tegel, no question about it, but he also knows when it's time to say goodbye. more

Aug 24, 2017 1:30 PM Opinion 9 Comments

John is allowed to vote for the first time – but all the parties seem pretty awful. Can you help him out? more

Aug 16, 2017 12:00 PM Opinion 6 Comments

Yet another debate on English-speaking staff in the service industry? CDU politician Jens Spahn thinks it's "dumb" to speak English in the German capital. Is this a case of a provincial politician lost in the Weltstadt or a downright xenophobe? more

Aug 15, 2017 12:00 PM Opinion 3 Comments

The Humboldt Forum wants to plant a golden cross on top of its political wipe-out of East German culture in the name of "history". Any claim to history on the side of the pro-Schloss folks is a sham anyways, says Gris. more

Jun 7, 2017 2:15 PM Opinion

INTERVIEW! Writer and director Falk Richter takes a retrospective look at "Fear", the 2015 play the AfD tried to censor, and talks artistic freedom It returns to the Schaubühne this Apr 22-23 and May 20-21. more

Apr 20, 2017 11:00 AM Theatre & Dance

The newly rubber-stamped red-red-green coalition won't make the sick, empty feeling go away. But what else have we got. more

Nov 17, 2016 11:15 AM Opinion 4 Comments

Politics did it again: Mayor Michael Müller stalled the cycling petition – and then hosted an urban sustainability forum. Hooray! more

Jun 6, 2016 3:30 PM Opinion

Berlin is supposed to be one of the best cities for protecting tenants' rights. But all the laws that do that – rent caps and Milieuschutz – are just bits of extra bureaucracy for property investors to work through. more

May 9, 2016 11:30 AM Opinion 1 Comments

John is an unrepentant lefty – so why does he hate the Left Party so much? more

Mar 22, 2016 12:00 PM Opinion

John Riceburg just got back from China. And while he missed freedom of speech, he found a few things that Berlin could learn from the Middle Kingdom. more

May 13, 2015 12:00 PM Opinion 2 Comments

John Riceburg hated his crazy neighbour. So was he responsible when the sick old man got evicted? He sure felt that way. Now he's trying to understand evictions in Berlin. more

Nov 19, 2014 12:00 PM Opinion 6 Comments

Right this second in Kreuzberg: the Gerhart-Hauptmann-Schule, where refugees have been living for more than two years, is surrounded by police. An eviction could begin at any second. John Riceburg gives the background about "Tag X". more

Nov 5, 2014 12:00 PM Opinion

Seymour Gris gives a touching send-off for our soon-to-be departed mayor, Klaus Wowereit. Take a stroll down memory lane with Gris as he shows us the wonders that Wowi gave us during his 13-year tenure as mayor. more

Aug 26, 2014 4:00 PM Opinion 2 Comments

At this point, you know where you'll most likely find John Riceburg. Tempelhof Park. But not at night – it closes. He's trying to figure out who decided to close the park at night and why. more

Aug 13, 2014 12:00 PM Opinion 4 Comments

Yesterday, 37 refugees occupied the viewing platform of the Fernsehturm 203 meters above the city. The tower was surrounded by waiting tourists, police, refugee supporters and even a few Nazis. John Riceburg was there was well. more

Jul 10, 2014 12:00 PM Opinion 2 Comments

Kreuzberg is under a state of siege. For the last week, 1720 police have sealed off the four city blocks surrounding the Ohlauer Straße school... John Riceburg came back from the scene with alarming news. more

Jul 2, 2014 12:00 PM Opinion 5 Comments

At the Brandenburg Gate last week, young people from Spain protested against the monarchy and for the republic. So why is king-less Berlin building a new royal palace? Here’s a modest proposal from John Riceburg involving guillotines and pizza… more

Jun 10, 2014 12:00 PM Opinion 5 Comments

Gris went trudging around Tempelhofer Feld this morning and talked to the huge (and we mean numerously huge) unheard and unwashed masses in the wake of the 100% Tempelhof victory. more

May 27, 2014 11:30 AM Opinion

The city is set to address a problem that has been plaguing Berlin for some time now: a shortage of housing. And then there are those folks who just don't like ANY sort of change. more

Jan 14, 2014 11:00 AM Opinion 27 Comments

Ikea protests

On the scene. Photo by John Riceburg

There is so much to do at Ikea! But as a form of alternative Xmas entertainment, try a strike! More than 50 strikers and supporters demonstrated through the big blue furniture store yesterday, and our blogger was on the scene. more

Dec 11, 2013 12:00 PM Opinion

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