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In Berlin leben viele Menschen, für die Deutsch eine Fremdsprache ist. Trotzdem wollen auch sie mit aktuellen Informationen über die Hauptstadt versorgt werden. Für diese Berliner gibt es den Podcast "Radio Spätkauf", der aktuelle News aus der Hauptstadt zusammenfasst – auf Englisch und alle 14 Tage freitags neu...

20.09.2019

#49 Why the Berliner Crossed the Road

Joel Dullroy und Daniel Stern
Radio Spaetkauf

Berlin police have registered 74 accidents involving e-scooters since June. Almost all of the riders were drunk. There are now 9000 e-scooters in the city. Berlin has installed its 100th free public drinking fountain. Another 100 will be added over the next year - for 3.7 million residents. Crossing the road will become more leisurely as the city plans to increase the 'green light' phase by up to 50%. But it will take 10 years to adjust all the traffic signals. Another big Berlin building project is running over budget: the Museum der Moderne. The price tag has gone up from €200M to ...

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26.07.2019

#48 No Rent for Royalty

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Berlin now has 750 millionaire residents - twice as many as in 2016, according to the Finanzamt. The majority live in the city's west. More live in Kreuzberg than Prenzlauer Berg. Strangely, the Finanzamt defines a millionaire as someone with over €500,000 in income and assets - a hang-over from the Deutschmark days, as DMs are worth half as much as Euros. The former German royal family wants its castles back. The remaining Hohenzollerns are relatives of the Nazi-supporting Kaiser Wilhelm II, who abdicated in 1918. His descendants are trying to claim compensation from the states of ...

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14.06.2019

#47 Seize that Pad Thai

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Berlin now has two top level football teams after FC Union jumped up to the Bundesliga by winning a play-off match. FC Union started back in the DDR. Their die-hard fans actually helped rebuild the stadium in Köpenick with their own hands. Maybe they could help finish BER? Enjoying the heat? Spare a thought for horses pulling tourist carriages in the city center. New rules now apply - carriage operators have to stop if air temperature in the shade reaches 30 degrees Celsius. There’s been another attempt to crack down on the food sellers in Thai Park. Police and Ordnungsamt officers raided ...

19.04.2019

#46 Swap your apartments for an airport?

Joel Dullroy und Daniel Stern © radioeins
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New f#€k ups have been discovered at Berlin Brandenburg Airport. Builders used plastic Dübel, or wall anchors, to screw the fire safety system in place. Plastic anchors can melt and shouldn't have been used. The planned opening date of October 2020 is again in doubt. Hear more about BER on our spin-off series: www.radiospaetkauf.com/ber. The campaign to trigger a referendum on property ownership in Berlin only began a few weeks ago. Organizers say they have already collected almost enough signatures to go to the next round. The campaign - Deutsche Wohnen & Co Enteignen - aims to forcibly ...

22.03.2019

#45 BVG Hearts Graffiti

Jöran Mandik und Daniel Stern
Radio Spätkauf

Berlin is a noisy city, and it's getting louder. Stats show police cars activated their lights and sirens 158,000 times last year - or more than 400 times a day. That's a 5% increase on the previous year. The famous open-air karaoke sessions in Mauerpark can go ahead again after the Pankow authorities reversed their plan to close the event down. Authorities were refusing to issue the regular permits due to nearby construction work. After a public outcry, the authorities backed down. Apparently it wasn’t so hard to move a few fences around after all. Expect the singing to resume sometime ...

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08.03.2019

#44 No More Ausländerbehörde

Joel Dullroy und Daniel Stern © radioeins
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The Ausländerbehörde will soon no longer exist - in name only. The much feared foreigner's office will be rebranded as the Landesamt für Einwanderung (Regional Department for Immigration). Snappy, right? More than 13.5 million tourists visited Berlin last year, a new record The city is this year trying to discourage visitors from coming to party in Kreuzberg on May 1. The formerly revolutionary event is going to be scaled down. Residents want the event to continue, but more quietly please. BVG workers could go on strike again in the coming weeks. They're still negotiating a pay increase ...

11.01.2019

#43 Five out of Six Dogs

Maisie Hitchcock und Joel Dullroy
Radio Spaetkauf

Berlin police are deploying decoy bicycles with GPS trackers to catch bike thieves. It's already worked several times. Soon you'll be able to register your own bike GPS details. It might help reduce the 30,000 bike thefts reported annually. In more bike news, little green arrows will be installed on several Berlin traffic signals. They permit right-turning bicycles to go through a red light. Starting this month, dogs have to be on a leash in public. But there's a huge list of exceptions - if you have a dog license, if you had your dog before 2016, or if you're walking on a ...

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21.12.2018

#42 Get Used to the U-Bahn Squeeze

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The U-Bahn announcement about "trains running at irregular intervals" is becoming quite regular. Passenger numbers are up by 20% in the past decade, while carriage numbers are falling. Replacement trains won't be ready until 2021. How safe is your restaurant? Berlin health authorities handed out warnings to 26% of the eateries it inspected last year. In Friedrichshain-Kreuzberg, the failure rate was 50%. But most passed after a second inspection. Low-grade cannabis is on sale in Berlin spaetkaufs. It's not real weed, but rather the leaves from hemp plants grown for producing textiles, ...

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30.11.2018

#41 Keep Berlin Colourful

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Billboards have gone up encouraging people to voluntarily leave Germany. The Interior Ministry - run by the CSU's Horst Seehofer - is offering to pay up to twelve months living expenses back where you came from. The multi-lingual ads have been attacked with paintballs and 'refugees welcome' tags. Dan's take: freedom of movement is good, especially if paid for by the German state, but only if it goes in both directions. It's Christmas market season. Festive lights have gone up along Unter den Linden, paid for by Lidl. But the city's heritage protection department says they are too ...

26.10.2018

#40 Google F#€ks Off

Radio Spätkauf: Joel Dullroy and Daniel Stern
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Google has abandoned plans to open its so-called Campus in Kreuzberg. This follows a long campaign by anti-gentrification activists. Stickers and squatting still work. Armed robbers held up a cash delivery van near Alexanderplatz, but fled empty-handed after their getaway car got a flat tire. Police suspect an eastern European gang as they used AK47 guns. Are you one of the 60,000 Berliners without health insurance? The city is opening a center to help provide emergency care and get you signed up. It's at the Stadtmission am Hauptbahnhof. More info here: https://bit.ly/2Przf9i This ...