112 - Keep Festive and Carry On

 Image: Daniel Winter / This Week in Germany

Image: Daniel Winter / This Week in Germany

Despite the tragedy of the past week, we're here to help you keep your chin up and stay festive! 

With the theme of "don't let them win", we explore two of Berlin's coolest Christmas markets. Beloved by Berliners and tourists alike.

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Berlin Wall Special

 Olcan Hiller / this week in germany

Olcan Hiller / this week in germany

Today, the 9th of November, marks the 27th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall and with it the end of the German Democratic Republic and the start of German reunification.

But to understand what life was like behind the wall, how it felt to see all of that end and how life changed once it fell, Hardy Graupner gives us his first-hand account of that momentous day and the emotional roller coaster that ensued. 

Ranging from surprise and excitement to fear and disappointment, Hardy paints us a picture of life in the last days of the GDR.

 




 

110 - Berlin MP's post-election murder-suicide

With episode 110, we are 110% Berlin! We cover just about everything, ranging from the local elections that took place in Berlin recently, to the strange and tragic story about the local Berlin politician who was involved in a murder-suicide, and then to finish it off, we take you on a trip to one of Berlin's liveliest streets in Destination Germany!

For this month's Top Story, Olcan joins us at the top of the show to talk to us about the events surrounding the story regarding a Pirate Party MP, Gerwald Claus-Brunner. With his body and the body of another discovered in his apartment the day of the election results, the story spread like wildfire. Olcan takes us through the story and reflects on the impact this might have on the Pirate Party in Berlin.

With the local elections having taken place on the 18th of September, we are joined by Jon Worth, a political commentator and Green Party candidate in Berlin to discuss the election results with Daniel. With the vote share being spread across more parties and the larger parties losing votes to smaller parties, what does this mean for Berlin, and indeed the rest of Germany?

Later in the show, we head to Sonnenalle. This street, which cuts through the centre of the trendy district of Neukölln, is lively and multi-cultural. We take in some of the sights and sounds of this important urban artery. 

Plus of course news in brief!

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109 - Taxation without Representation

This month, we have a short but full to the brim episode for you! With local elections taking place in certain states and the general election coming up next year, we take a look at the status of non-citizens living in Germany and their voting rights. Later in the show, Olcan takes us into the wilderness in this months Destination Germany.

The question of voting rights for non-citizens is an important one. 18% of people over the age of 18 in the capital state of Berlin are not allowed to vote in the upcoming local elections. Could this be a reflection of the rightwing populist party, Alternative für Deutschland, gaining support in the local election in the state of Mecklenburg-Vorpommern? 

While the majority of our listeners who responded to our Twitter poll agreed that full voting rights should be reserved to German citizens only, Daniel decided to speak to two representatives from voting rights organisations in Berlin to see what advocates for extending voting rights have to say on the issue.

Later in the show, Olcan takes us on trip to explore Germanys biggest, and most unique national park, Schleswig-Holstein Wadden Sea National ParkFind out what he discovers!

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