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In the German papers this week: Vexing and perplexing news stories from Berlin and beyond... more

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What's behind the cute Knut the polar bear throwback in a hot tub you see here? A message about global warming, according to Berlinale festival director Dieter Kosslick. Then why are Audi the fest's main sponsor? more

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Maybe you've caught a whiff of the fumes – Germany is amid an Autokrise or "car crisis". Since September 2015, more and more of the German auto industry has gotten itself involved in the so-called "Dieselgate". Gris explains the mess. more

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Merkel just hired Opel's chief lobbyist as her campaign manager. Because that's what CDU governments do. more

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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

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Gris has a break-up to share with you all. His one irrational brand-loyalty, VW and held dear to his heart for years, has been destroyed by this week's emissions scandal. Gris bids farewell to his old love and to cars in general. more

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Gris has a gripe with two things... which in turn leads to a discussion of one of the German media's most popular pasttimes - the good old Kapitalismus Debatte. more

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