Protests in france: look at us!

With strong but sometimes problematic gestures: the fight against Macron’s pension reform reaches a new dimension.

With all fierceness, the firefighters demand better working conditions and more pay Photo: Charles Platiau/reuters

Suddenly they are on fire. Two firefighters in protective suits, surrounded by their colleagues. Television cameras and cell phones are pointed at them – and already, on January 28, the gruesome images are spreading on social networks and running on a continuous loop on news channels.


Project “benching berlin”: street furniture for all to copy.

After Urban Gardening, the new trend: self-built benches. Benjamin Kies and Bella Berger are the pioneers. Soon with building instructions on the web!

The latest Benching Berlin work of art stands on the Landwehrkanal opposite Gorlitzer Park Photo: Benching Berlin

This story shows once again: If you can read social media, you have a clear advantage. Already weeks ago I wondered which good spirit has attached the small wooden bench to the fence at the Neukollner Weigandufer, actually it is rather a board that hangs horizontally on chains, so that you can now sit there nicely with a view of the water almost directly on the same, if you dare to climb over the barrier. If I had searched on Instragram for #urbangardening #woodworking #neukoelln, I would have known long ago: Benching Berlin did it.


Photovoltaic systems big time: spain backs the sun again

Energy companies see plenty of potential for megaprojects in the pent-up demand for solar energy. Small and decentralized ones are falling by the wayside.

The main thing is big: solar power plant in Beneixama in Spain Photo: Jochen Tack/imagebroker/picture alliance

The sun is back. Six years after the conservative government under Mariano Rajoy put an almost complete stop to new construction, photovoltaic plants are being built again in Spain. And not just any – these are large-scale plants the likes of which the European continent has never seen before.


Pension fund buys german apartments: the business with higher rents

The Danish pension fund PFA is buying 3,700 apartments in Germany for one billion euros. This is to be profitable through expensive new rentals.

Rental houses in Hamburg. Here, too, the Danes have bought apartments Photo: dpa

The Danish pension fund PFA is buying into the German real estate market on a grand scale. According to a report in Handelsblatt, PFA is taking over a portfolio of 3,700 apartments in 15 locations in Germany. More than half of the rental income will be generated in Munich and Berlin. Other portfolios are located in Dusseldorf as well as in Hamburg, Stuttgart and the Rhineland. The pension fund is paying a total of over 1 billion euros for these. This is the largest residential real estate investment in Germany so far this year.


Microcensus of the federal statistical office: good figures, no success

According to the figures, almost three-quarters of Germans can live off their jobs. But women in particular have to make do with part-time jobs.

No one should be dependent on tips Photo: unsplash/ Sam Truong Dan

Seven out of ten adults make their living today largely through their job, reported the Federal Statistical Office on Monday. That’s about 72 percent of the working population in Germany. Or expressed in concrete figures: 37 million people can live more or less well from their work and are not dependent on state social transfers.


Michael muller in quarantine: the impacts are getting closer

Brandenburg’s Prime Minister Woidke tested positive for the coronavirus. Berlin’s governing mayor may have been infected.

Michael Muller at the opening of BER last Saturday Photo: dpa

The message is still on the cell phone, which is next to the screen as I write these lines: "Muller is negative," texted Senate spokeswoman Melanie Reinsch in mid-March. That’s when it looked like the governing mayor from the SPD might have caught the virus during an appointment with the Israeli ambassador, who later tested positive. And because Muller met for hours with his and the Brandenburg cabinet a few days later, there was the possibility that, in the worst case, two entire state governments would have to be quarantined – including journalists sitting close by at the subsequent press conference. Corona had first come very close back then, in March.


Dispute over mobility law: fight over the parking space in front of the door

The fact that the SPD now wants to add a car chapter to the mobility law certainly offers opportunities. On the one hand.

Road space is limited – does everyone have the same claim to it? Photo: dpa

He’s back. Heinrich Strobenreuther, the all-purpose weapon of Berlin’s cycling lobby, has returned from his self-imposed break from activism. He simply couldn’t stand the SPD’s latest move: shortly before the mobility law was to enter the final round of deliberations in the transport committee on Thursday, the parliamentary group had reopened the package and, among other things, made common cause with the opposition’s demand that a chapter also be reserved for car traffic.


Tanit koch switches to n-tv: the calm one

Tanit Koch is getting back into the game: After a year off, the ex-Bild boss is now starting at TV station n-tv. It’s a late triumph.

Tanit Koch in male company in Rostock Photo: dpa

The day on which one was allowed to learn whether Tanit Koch is a woman who lets others sign her off was not at all February 2, 2018, when it became known that the editor-in-chief of Bild-Zeitung is no longer in the mood for nonsense. An eternal back and forth that had been, with her co-chief Julian Reichelt, and then she said goodbye and left. She turned down the job option they had offered her at Springer to pacify the power struggle in the Bild executive suite.


New traffic rules for motorists: parking tickets will become more expensive

New traffic rules on Germany’s roads: This means more protection for cyclists, says Federal Transport Minister Scheuer.

Cycling is to become safer with the new set of rules – and parking in the bike lane more expensive Photo: Alexander Heinl/dpa

Wrong parking and other traffic violations will become more expensive starting Tuesday. Stopping in the second row will cost 55 euros instead of the current 15 euros, and if other road users are obstructed it will be 70 euros plus a point in the Flensburg traffic offenders’ register. The same applies to stopping on sidewalks and bike paths. In future, there will be a general ban on stopping on protective lanes, which separate bicycle and car traffic with dashed white lines. Until now, vehicles have been allowed to stop there for up to three minutes. General parking violations will cost 25 euros instead of 15 euros.


Kulturbeutel column: upscale drinking literature

Jens Kirschneck’s novel "Schweine befreien" (Liberating Pigs) smells of canned beer and breathes nostalgia. A book for soccer fans in beer heaven.

There are counter beers galore in Jens Kirschneck’s canned beer paradise Photo: Andreas Ruttenauer

The morning after a drunken stupor, the only thing that helps is a counter beer. Those were the days when we used to go to the fridge in the morning, take a can of beer out of the fridge, go back to bed with it and think about everything that happened the night before!