For the past two years, the old town hall building in City West functioned as an emergency refugee shelter for over 2000 people. Now, the building is closing down. It's an explosive situation with fear and anger running high among the residents. more


Plaid plastic bags, non-native plants, falafel... The migration conversation dominates December's recommended exhibitions. Here's our art editor's take. more

Art & Exhibitions

This month, head to the Deutsches Theater’s smaller stages – the 230-seat Kammerspiele and the 80-seat Box – for a trio of relevant works. more

Theatre & Dance

Half a year after Trump’s election, are you getting the feeling it’s time to get the hell out of the US? Here’s a surprising new trick – and a seven-digit number – that some Americans can use to get dual citizenship in Germany. It worked for me. more


More than 12,000 children in Berlin, most refugees, are attending Willkommensklassen. These classes could be a key investment in integration, say teachers hired for the task – instead, they consider themselves exploited for a short-term solution. more


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


Theatertreffen Blog: On arriving

Lily Kelting is up and running (or up and sitting) at Theatertreffen at this point, checking out the best German theatre has to offer. Her first forays? Two plays dealing with "Migrationshintergrund"... more

May 9, 2016 3:20 PM The Theatertreffen Blog

From cooking to blowjobs, special ‘language schools’ in Belarus, Ukraine and the Balkans train poor, young women in the art of seducing and holding onto Western men, before sending them ‘into the field’ as au pairs or in-house nurses. Meet two here! more


Everything that the anti-Islam protests in Dresden are demanding is already in place in Germany. more

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Why do people keep going on about immigration? more

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Time to reinvent democracy! The Slow Politics Symposium is kicking off Nov 13 at Supermarkt! Public talks happen on Sat, Nov 15 – with everyone invited to join! We caught up with author and activist Marina Sitrin. more


With a new law set to allow dual citizenship for the first time, Germany's forced choice nationality policy is set to change. Exberliner examines what this change really means, talking both to the experts and the people set to be most effected. more

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From “Rat’s Nest” to model of Roma integration: in just a few years, the Arnold-Fortuin-Haus in Neukölln was transformed into attractive, affordable housing for its 500 tenants thanks to one man, Benjamin Marx. more

Interviews & Portraits

The truth about the Iberian welfare invasion: as immigrants from Spain and the rest of the crisis-stricken EU continue to flood into Germany, fears of Hartz-IV parasitism abound. But are they justified? more

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Placards, banners and signs can be the most in-your-face show of solidarity with Berlin's many refugees. But what about a more subtle but just as valuable show of solidarity – talking? more


Konrad wanted to get stoned and go to the movies. But because the CSU are such dicks he had to write this instead. more

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Driven by persecution in their home country and rumours of sanctuary in Germany, Chechen refugees are flooding into Berlin, making them the number one national group seeking asylum in the country. Yet barely any will be allowed to stay... more



Lorelei by Johann Köler

Feeling homesick? Can't work out what's happening in Tatort? Don't worry, Berlin has a new integration commissioner. She's here for you. more

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What would you do if you were a millionaire? If you're a TEFL teacher like Jacinta Nandi, this is literally the million-dollar question. more

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Every year some 100,000 foreigners become Germans, the vast majority driven by economic or political factors. But what about that minority who decide to become German without ‘having to’? more

Zeitgeist 1 Comments

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