Life In Berlin

Monika Mueller-Kroll, Tony Andrews, Lily Kelting, and Susannah Edelbaum present these features during Morning Edition and All Things Considered at...

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One month after the attack at Breitscheidplatz in Berlin that killed twelve people and left over fifty people injured, I meet with Berlin Victims Commissioner Roland Weber:

"Mr. Weber, what can you tell us about the people who got injured at the Christmas market attack in Berlin," I ask him. "Are there still people in the hospital and how are they doing?"

"There are still 11 people in the hospitals. They are seriously injured and there are still operations and such things, and today we can’t say more about them."

Life In Berlin: The Vegan Debate

Jan 18, 2017
Courtesy of Lily Kelting

It’s from the German magazine Brigitte, but it sounds almost like a headline from the parody website, The Onion: "Minister of Agriculture wants to ban vegan currywurst." But it’s not that Minister Christian Schmidt of the CSU wants to ban vegan currywurst exactly; just using the names of meat products —like schnitzel or wurst— to describe their vegan and vegetarian replacements.

I head to the independently owned Bioladen, Biolino, to get their opinion. The owner, Victor Brun, is surprisingly unperturbed.

Courtesy of Sudha David-Wilp

The Inauguration of Donald Trump as the 45th President of the United States is just around the corner. It’s no secret that a majority of Germans believe his presidency will worsen the transatlantic relationship, with me is Sudha David-Wilp, senior fellow with the German Marshall Fund in Berlin.

"Sudha, we got a glimpse of what Mr. Trump’s priorities are at his press conference last week. How was it received in Germany?" I ask her.

Life In Berlin: Beer Purity Law Revisited

Jan 12, 2017
Hugh and Hana Eckermann

Hugh Eckermann: 2016 brought many changes to Berlin craft beer community.

Hana Eckermann: New craft beer bars and breweries were opening faster than ever before; craft beer events witnessed thousands of new beer lovers, and hundreds of new beers.

Courtesy of Imran Ayata

“It’s the first time in my life where I am witnessing how a country, a society, step by step drifts into a kind of absurd disaster," says Berlin-based writer Imran Ayata.