When the law demands “integration”
Until now, immigration policy in Germany has followed a pathway defined by residency, employment, and citizenship restrictions. Put another way, policy has been concerned with 3 primary questions: Who is allowed to stay, who is allowed to work, and who is, ultimately, allowed to participate fully in the political process of the Federal Republic.
Ramadan with Neighbours: It’s about showing up
Many of the world's cities teem with fasting bodies during the 30-odd days of the Muslim holiday of Ramadan - the holiest month in Islam. About 300,000 Muslims live in Berlin: that makes for a lot of hungry individuals during the holy month.
Wahlberliner, it’s time to wahl!
If you’ve been holding off registering your address at the Bürgeramtafter hearing about the difficulty of securing an appointment or long waiting times, this week is an excellent time to get the job done.
A political campaign worth your time
When Berliners voted to protect Tempelhofer Feld as a public park in 2014, it was seen as a key success for direct democracy.
There is such a thing as a free lunch in Berlin
In the interest of reducing food waste, a Berlin initiative is connecting a system of publicly accessible fridges where people can safely drop off their leftovers in order to feed more hungry mouths.
The Strength in What Remains
According to a recent UNICEF report children now make up more than half of the world’s refugee population.
Volunteering with refugees at Tempelhof Airport
Once dubbed the “mother of all airports”, Tempelhof Airport is now welcoming refugees into its bosom.
German identity: with wings, roots and sweaty hands
“Punctual. Exact. Productive. Closed off. Careful. Inflexible. Humorless.” And some “Goethe” and “Einstein” thrown in for good measure.
If not us, then who? Volunteering with refugees at Moabit Hilft
I spent last Wednesday serving lunch to refugees with the volunteer group Moabit Hilft. The unmistakable sound of chanting protestors boomed towards us from the main street while my friend Lisa and I carted our tray of minestrone soups and schrippen around the park.
Berlin through the eyes of the homeless
In Berlin they are especially visible on the U-Bahn. They wait for the subway doors to close before they address the car with a rehearsed speech: “Excuse the interruption, I am one of Berlin's annoying homeless people...”.
Prejudice with condiments
Understanding Schwabenhass, gentrification, and the East-West divide.