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Konrad Werner: Mr. "Sustainability" Müller blocks the cyclists

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 The Berlin Blog

Konrad Werner: Berlin is screwing its renters

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 The Berlin Blog 1 Comments

John Riceburg: Die Linke isn't left-wing enough

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

Mar 22, 2016 12:00 PM The Berlin Blog

John Riceburg: Freedom to speak and freedom to pee

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 The Berlin Blog 2 Comments

John Riceburg: The day my neighbour was evicted

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 The Berlin Blog 6 Comments

John Riceburg: They want to evict the refugees, again

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 The Berlin Blog

Seymour Gris: The end of Wowizeit

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 The Berlin Blog 2 Comments

John Riceburg: Let us stay on Tempelhofer Feld!

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 The Berlin Blog 4 Comments

John Riceburg: Refugees occupy the TV tower

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 The Berlin Blog 2 Comments

John Riceburg: Just let the refugees stay!

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 The Berlin Blog 5 Comments

John Riceburg: We don't need kings in Madrid or Berlin!

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 The Berlin Blog 5 Comments

Seymour Gris: The birds and the bees of Tempelhof

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 The Berlin Blog

Seymour Gris: Tempelhof's 100 percent fanatics

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 The Berlin Blog 27 Comments

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On the scene. Photo by John Riceburg

John Riceburg: Holiday fun at Ikea

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 The Berlin Blog

John Riceburg: Refugee camp at O-Platz holding out

Winter is upon us, but the refugee protest camp at O-Platz isn't going anywhere. An attempt to close it last Sunday was defeated by protests. But what will Kreuzberg mayor Monika Herrmann do? more

Nov 27, 2013 12:00 PM The Berlin Blog 3 Comments

VERBATIM. There’s a new (Green) sheriff in town. Friedrichshain-Kreuzberg mayor Monika Herrmann’s outspokenness has already gotten her attention as head of Berlin's "alternative" district – on topics ranging from pot to refugees to Touris. more

Nov 20, 2013 11:00 AM People 8 Comments


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John Riceburg: New apartments, anyone? Anyone?!?

Activists are collecting signatures against construction on the Tempelhofer Feld. But who will speak for people in favor of new housing and a new library? John Riceburg went out to the park for an experiment. more

Nov 13, 2013 12:00 PM The Berlin Blog 2 Comments

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John Riceburg: Power to the people!

This Sunday, Berliners will vote on the re-communalization of the energy grid. But do we really want the same government that has thrown away billions for the never-ending airport adventure to take over our electricity distribution? more

Oct 30, 2013 12:00 PM The Berlin Blog 5 Comments

Maggie Spooner: Tree muggers

Our City West correspondent certainly ain't no hippy. But when it comes to the trees in her neck of the woods, especially those on her beloved Olivaer Platz, she's quite content to see that politics got in the way of their massacre. more

Oct 23, 2013 11:00 AM The Berlin Blog

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