Coliving is booming in Berlin. There are 15 buildings renting serviced rooms with ‘community, flexibility and diversity.’ But are they just overpriced dormitories? Maisie Hitchcock went to find out.
Can we solve the housing crisis by seizing property from private owners? One group is promoting revolution via referendum. We hear from Thomas McGath from Deutsche Wohnung Enteignen. It wants the government to forcibly purchase over 110,000 flats currently owned by large property corporations.
At the same time, residents in Karl Marx Allee are campaigning to save their flats, which are about to be purchased by Deutsche Wohnung, Germany’s biggest property investment company. The city is considering a plan to use the right of first purchase to prevent the deal.
Are you being tricked into watching far-right propaganda? A Berlin computer researcher says yes. Ray Serrato has analysed videos from the Chemnitz hate marches and thinks Youtube is click-baiting everyone.
Dan hosts a Berlin news quiz. Do you know the name of the city’s mayor? Can you guess which U-Bahn stop has the most expensive rents? Which company has a logo featuring three phalluses?
Thanks for listening in 2018!