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In the German papers this week: Tesla factory for Berlin, new outcry against hostel renting from North Korea, thousands evacuated for WWII bomb, Trump rejects Berlin Wall gift, forestation plan for Tempelhofer Feld, and more! Read more

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

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

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Finding a flat in a decent neighbourhood is becoming increasingly difficult. Unless you’re ready to pay big bucks. What happened to Berlin’s legendary affordable housing? And how did we get here? Read more

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Record numbers of students are moving to Berlin. Private companies are cashing in on the shortage of state-provided accommodation with luxury, campus-style alternatives. Read more


Cabin Spacey hopes to provide the nomadic, Berlin hipster elite of the future with the prefab home of their dreams. Read more

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From subway tunnels to supermarkets, how far will Berlin go to house its residents? Dan Borden investigates. Read more

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Discover Neon Wood, the student apartment complex smack in the middle of the city with single and double studio apartments, community areas and events, as well as wi-fi and utilities. Goodbye, WG-hunting! Read more


Berlin is finally trying to solve its housing crisis... with ugly new buildings awkwardly crammed into hallowed historical sites. Hooray? Our urban columnist weighs in. Read more


Over the last two years, some 75,700 people applied for asylum in Berlin. About half of them received it. Where do they live now? What does the future hold for them? Read more

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John's Hausverwaltung may be illegally charging him more money for a relatively common practice among tenants here. And, with regret, he's just going to let it happen... Read more

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John loves East Berlin's Tierpark – a zoo that was created after an aristocratic house had their palace confiscated by the GDR. Are there any other things we could confiscate? Here's a few suggestions. Read more

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Think finding a flat is hard? Try it as an unemployed welfare recipient. For Berlin’s most vulnerable residents, the housing shortage is becoming a homeless crisis. People in Germany's Hartz-IV system are facing the streets. Read more


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