Dec 1, 2018
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 multi-coloured. Are only white lights allowed now in Berlin?
Berlin will get a new public holiday in 2019 - May 8, also International Women's Day. It means seven of ten public holidays will occur in the first half of the year.
Come to our next live recording on Sunday December 16. Check our website for location details.