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: Snowden-friendly Germany invests in mass surveillance

The German secret service this month leaked its mass surveillance plans to the press and no one was charged with treason. Netzpolitik did the same thing last year and caused a massive fuss. more

Sep 21, 2016 12:00 PM The Berlin Blog 2 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

INTERVIEW! This year’s winner of the Berlinale Golden Bear, Gianfranco Rosi, sat with us to talk about his emotional documentary Fuocoammare (Seefeuer) and his approach to filmmaking. more

Jul 21, 2016 11:00 AM Film

This summer’s best production of Much Ado about Nothing doesn’t have anything to do with Shakespeare – it’s the anticlimactic Eating Refugees action from the Center for Political Beauty. Now that it's over, Lily Kelting asks what it accomplished. more

Jul 6, 2016 4:16 PM Stage

INTERVIEW! Journalist and writer Rasha Abbas recounts her tribulations as a Syrian in Germany – from learning the language to falling in with Berlin hipsters – in "The Invention of German Grammar". Catch her at the E-Book Festival on Jun 25 at 20:00! more

Jun 22, 2016 3:15 PM Culture

John Riceburg: Wait – is Gauland of the AfD himself a refugee?

Alexander Gauland of the Alternative für Deutschland hates refugees. And guess who once sought refuge in a foreign country? more

Jun 10, 2016 12:00 PM The Berlin Blog

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

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

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

Konrad Werner: A really boring crisis

Overwhelmed? A new survey of Germany's local councils has found that only six percent are actually swamped with refugees. And the ones who are coping better are those that have social housing plans. Time for a new crisis. more

Mar 1, 2016 12:30 PM The Berlin Blog

Vox refugee: Fatima

Chadian Fatima left her home country in 2003 but arrived here in 2012. Her world opened up not only culturally but politically after she arrived in Berlin, and she wants to continue using her voice in fights against injustice. more

Feb 29, 2016 12:00 PM The Berlin Blog

John Riceburg: "I'm not racist, I just attack refugees"

In 2015, the number of right-wing crimes doubled. John wonders: Why isn't everyone talking about this? more

Feb 24, 2016 12:00 PM The Berlin Blog 1 Comments

Seymour Gris: German savagery

Villagers in Saxony show once again the very worst side of Germany. more

Feb 20, 2016 12:13 PM The Berlin Blog

Vox refugee: Mohamad

Mohamad has been through his share of hardships, both at home in Syria and on his long trip to safety in Germany. Now, he calls his journey here "the best experience of my life". more

Feb 16, 2016 12:30 PM The Berlin Blog

John Riceburg: Slippery fingers, dead children?

Beatrix von Storch of the AfD agreed on Facebook that refugees, including women and children, who try to cross the German border should be shot. Or did she? No, apparently her finger just slipped on her mouse. That sounds plausible. more

Feb 10, 2016 12:00 PM The Berlin Blog

Is our desire to help others always 100 percent selfless? Of course not. Milo Rau's newest play "Mitleid. Die Geschichte des Maschinengewehrs" examines that through the lens of the modern-day issue of refugees at the Schaubühne Feb 10, 11, and 14. more

Feb 10, 2016 12:00 PM Stage

Vox refugee: Ercan

Ercan is a former political refugee who now runs the legendary Cafe Kotti. He talks about using his position to help newly arrived refugees find a place in society, putting people before bureaucracy. more

Feb 4, 2016 4:45 PM The Berlin Blog 2 Comments

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