Jun 17, 2014
On this episode: After Berliners overwhelming rejected the city senate’s plan for luxury flats on Tempelhofer Feld, politicians have already begun talking up another controversial top-down master plan - to bid to host the 2024 Olympic Games. When were Berliners ever asked if they liked the idea? The BER airport starting date has been set back until the end of 2016. The disastrous project is now tainted by allegations of corruption, with one official accused of abusing the tendering process. Now the Pirate Party in the Senate is demanding a referendum on whether the airport should ever be finished with state funds at all. A prisoner who escaped from the sturdy Moabit prison has been recaptured, thanks to a Berlin hotel receptionist who recognised his poorly bearded face from a police fax announcement. Would-be escapees are recommended not to check into hotels near the prison they have escaped from.