German politics

Konrad Werner: Oh great, more mad idiots with guns

Last week, some German people decided that the world wasn't mad enough yet and decided to kill a policeman because ... erm ... Germany is a company or something. Who are the Reichsbürger? more

Oct 25, 2016 11:15 AM The Berlin Blog

Konrad Werner: You have to look busy

What would you do if you were a politician? Make even more laws? more

Oct 13, 2016 12:00 PM The Berlin Blog

Konrad Werner: The Linke is not like the AfD

The German media has decided that Sahra Wagenknecht and Frauke Petry are similar. Even though they're clearly not. Why? Who the hell knows. They have to write something, I suppose. more

Oct 4, 2016 11:30 AM The Berlin Blog 1 Comments

Konrad Werner: Berlindecision 2016

If you’re an Anglophone reader who by a twist of lineage and law finds themselves eligible to vote here, do it! And don’t be confused about it either. Konrad's walks you through it. more

Sep 12, 2016 1:00 PM The Berlin Blog 1 Comments

Konrad Werner: The CDU blames Merkel for doing her job

So apparently the CDU leader in Mecklenburg-Vorpommern thinks Merkel's "refugee policy" is to blame for his electoral defeat. Maybe it would've helped if he'd pointed out his state hardly has any refugees. more

Sep 5, 2016 12:30 PM The Berlin Blog

Seymour Gris: An Autobahn through Friedrichshain?

A new inner city highway no one really wants could destroy the chances of a progressive city government after the September 18 election. more

Aug 23, 2016 1:00 PM The Berlin Blog 4 Comments

Konrad Werner: If you really want to ban the burqa...

Go ahead and ban burqas, but then can we get on to an issue that affects our lives? more

Aug 22, 2016 1:40 PM The Berlin Blog 4 Comments

Konrad Werner: We'll take that, Merkel

Angela Merkel hasn't changed much in the last nine years, but our standards have – in this world, anyone who can hold a coherent thought looks like a great humanitarian. more

Aug 1, 2016 1:00 PM The Berlin Blog

Konrad Werner: Linke Autonomen are nothing like Nazis

They smell a bit, but lefties are not like Nazis, and burning a car is not the same as burning down a refugee shelter, whatever Frank Henkel says. more

Jul 19, 2016 10:00 AM The Berlin Blog

INTERVIEW: Four hungry tigers and the promise of the carnage of ancient Rome are now on offer at Gorki as refugees are asked to volunteer as human-food in protest of travel restrictions. Tasteless? more

Jun 16, 2016 11:00 AM Stage

John Riceburg: Live and let pie

Sahra Wagenknecht of Die Linke and AfD's Beatrix von Storch have now both been hit in the face with a dessert. John explains why that's unfortunately not the only thing they have in common. more

Jun 3, 2016 12:00 PM The Berlin Blog

Exberliner issue number 150 is finally here, and what an issue it is! Our post-capitalist special dares you to envision a radical future... and a radical new magazine. more

Jun 3, 2016 11:30 AM Features

Konrad Werner: Pegida lost the Kinder chocolate, but it's winning everything else

Taking the piss out of the Pegida idiots and saying you'd love to have Jerome Boateng living next door is all very good, but Merkel's integration law shows that the racists are still winning. more

May 30, 2016 12:30 PM The Berlin Blog

Konrad Werner: Support the (modest) petitions petition

There's a Volksinitiative petition going round Berlin now to try and make petitions mean something. It's basic and good, even if doesn't give non-Germans any rights. more

May 17, 2016 10:00 AM The Berlin Blog

Seymour Gris: Berlin will never be braun again

Gris' heart is swelling with pride. Although it's disheartening that a neo-Nazi march disrupted the governement quarter, the 12,000-strong counter-protest shows there's still hope for Germany. more

May 9, 2016 4:00 PM The Berlin Blog

Konrad Werner: The Heckler & Koch plot thickens

Prosecuting media outlets has become Germany's new favourite thing – after Böhmermann, public prosecutors have now started going after journalists who uncovered Heckler & Koch's illegal arms deal. more

May 2, 2016 12:00 PM The Berlin Blog

Konrad Werner: Tactical promotion for the AfD

If you can't beat the AfD... give them a job? I suppose that's where we are now. I guess with an election coming up there is little time to disguise your campaign ploys. more

Apr 26, 2016 11:30 AM The Berlin Blog 1 Comments

Konrad Werner: It's balls to the wall time for Michael Müller

Konrad is not completely clear on what that expression means, but it seems to fit the situation of Berlin's crabbed and awkward mayor. more

Apr 18, 2016 12:30 PM The Berlin Blog

Konrad Werner: The refugee deal is immoral, but it might save Merkel

Today it begins: refugees from Greece are going to be mass deported back to Turkey. Well done Europe – a million people was all it took to wipe out all your post-World-War-II principles. more

Apr 4, 2016 2:00 PM The Berlin Blog

Konrad Werner: A pretty fishy masterplan

Berlin has a new "masterplan" for integrating refugees. It costs €238,000 and the one person it integrated really well was an old party colleague of Mayor Michael Müller. more

Mar 21, 2016 12:00 PM The Berlin Blog

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