Berlin

Transportation • Cars & Automobiles
Tesla pays €100 million deposit to avoid construction stop of Berlin factory
Tesla pays €100 million deposit to avoid construction stop of Berlin factory
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Shortly before the deadline, US electric car manufacturer Tesla has deposited a security deposit required by Brandenburg for the construction of the factory in Grünheide near Berlin. Tesla management late Friday night confirmed the agreement between Tesla Brandenburg and the State Office for the Environment for securing any dismantling obligations, the Environment Ministry announced Saturday.

Regional News • Europe • Germany
Berlin to implement a 15-kilometre travel restriction for residents
Berlin to implement a 15-kilometre travel restriction for residents
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In a special session on Tuesday, Berlin's government, the state Senate, set to join other parts of the country in implementing a 15-kilometre "Corona-Ring" beyond city limits, with residents restricted to travel within it.

The Senate also decided that the rule would stay in place until the incidence rate keeps below 200 for seven consecutive days.

"The goal of everything we're doing is to reduce travel and contact," Finance Senator Matthias Kollatz told reporters after the session. "The 15-kilometre rule, when the rate hits 200, aims to achieve a further reduction."

Law
Berlin: New hope in 100kg gold coin theft
Berlin: New hope in 100kg gold coin theft
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The Berlin police draw new hope in the theft of the 100kg "Big Maple Leaf" gold coin from the Bode Museum in 2017. During searches of jewelers in Berlin-Neukölln, the police arrested several people and seized counterfeit coins and amounts of money.

The police hoped that the measure would enable them to find pieces of the gold coin.

Some of the alleged perpetrators have already been legally convicted.

Regional News • Europe • Germany
Berlin presents a new anti-terror concept
Berlin presents a new anti-terror concept
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The Berlin Senator for the Interior Andres Geisel has presented the new concept for the fight against terrorism in the capital. Four years after the attack on Breitscheidplatz, the cooperation between security authorities is to be strengthened, cell phone data is to be evaluated more easily and prevention measures are to be promoted.

The new concept "SAVE" (first letters of the German words for: Protect, Enlighten, Prevent and Contain) is intended to support this.

Arts, Entertainment, Culture • TV & Movies
Berlinale announces plans for a 'festival in two stages' amid Covid-19 uncertainty
Berlinale announces plans for a 'festival in two stages' amid Covid-19 uncertainty
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The Berlinale organizers announced the decision to have its upcoming film festival online. Originally set for February 11-21, 2021, the festival is pushing back the dates for its program to from March 1st to 5th.

The winners and a selection of the films from the March festival will then be presented in Berlin theatres in the summer.

"As an answer to the times in which we are living, we have decided to split our offer into two distinct, yet related events and in this way fulfil the mission of the Berlinale," said artistic director Carlo Chatrian in a press release.

Along with various businesses and schools, is already confirmed that Berlin's cultural institutions are to remain closed until the middle of January, and Lederer said in a Twitter video message that he expected the lockdown for cinemas to "go on a little longer."

Regional News • Europe • Germany
Germany reports 33,777 new Covid-19 cases
Germany reports 33,777 new Covid-19 cases
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The Robert-Koch-Institut (RKI) has recorded 33,777 new Covid-19 infections and 813 new deaths in Germany over the past 24 hour-period. Germany's seven-day incidence has increased to 184,4. The Charité hospital in Berlin has switched to an "emergency-only program" on Monday due to the rising number of infections.

Business • Entrepreneurship & Startups
Gorillas, the on-demand grocery delivery startup, has raised $44M in Series A
Gorillas, the on-demand grocery delivery startup, has raised $44M in Series A
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Gorillas, a grocery delivery startup that operates its own hyperlocal fulfilment centres and operates in Berlin and Cologne, has raised $44 million in Series A funding round led by hedge fund Coatue.

Founded by Kağan Sümer and Jörg Kattner in May this year, Gorillas delivers groceries within an average of ten minutes. Unlike gig economy models, it employs riders directly. It is emphasising its ability to get fresh groceries, along with other household items, to shoppers at very short notice and at "retail prices".

Regional News • Europe • Germany
German Bundestag has spent €1,4 million to secure private homes of MPs
Bundestag
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After an increase of 15% in attacks on politicians compared to 2019, around 100 members of the Bundestag have resorted to the offer of the Federal Criminal Police Office to secure private apartments or houses.

In the current legislative period, the Bundestag has spent around 1.4 million euros on security technology, each member has a budget of 19,000 euros.

Law
Green vault in Dresden: Interpol is looking for clan members
Green vault in Dresden: Interpol is looking for clan members
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After the raid in Berlin and in connection with the results of the investigation into the break-in into the Green Vault, Interpol is also looking for two clan members internationally.

The two brothers are accused of being masterminds of the crime.

After an apparently deliberate fire on a transformer building, the perpetrators broke into the museum in Dresden and stole several brilliant sets.

In 194 member countries, searches have been carried out for the two since November 17, 2020.

Regional News • Europe • Germany
Admissions stop at several Berlin hospitals
Berlin-Borsigwalde Am Nordgraben Humboldt-Klinikum
Berlin-Borsigwalde Am Nordgraben Humboldt-Klinikum Credit: Fridolin freudenfett (Peter Kuley) (Creative Commons Attribution 3.0)

The intensive care units of the Emil-von-Behring-Klinikum in Zehlendorf, the Humboldt-Klinikum (Borsigwalde) and the Auguste-Viktoria-Klinikum (Schöneberg) are working to capacity according to a register of the German Interdisciplinary Association for Intensive and Emergency Medicine. Corona sufferers in the capital city are no longer admitted there.

Besides, the "Berliner Morgenpost" reports that the St. Marien hospital in Lankwitz may be started again by rescue services and ambulances only at the beginning of the coming week. Also, the Vivantes hospital in Neukölln is considering a stop of admissions.

The hospitals in Berlin are the first hospitals in Germany to be overloaded and close their emergency rooms.

Regional News • Europe • Germany
Motive unclear - car rams into entrance gate of the German Chancellery
Motive unclear - car rams into entrance gate of the German Chancellery
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One photo showed that the dark station wagon was standing directly in front of the closed gate in an otherwise cordoned-off area. Written there was "Stop the globalization policy", on the other side "You damned murderers of children and old people". According to the license plate, the car is registered in the district of Lippe in North Rhine-Westphalia. The motive is still unclear.

Law
Berlin police arrested a man suspected of cannibalism and murder
Berlin police arrested a man suspected of cannibalism and murder
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Berlin investigators have arrested a man on suspicion of murder and cannibalism, after discovering the bones of a man who disappeared in September. The 44-year-old victim, known as Stefan T., disappeared without a trace after leaving his apartment shortly before midnight in early September, in the Lichtenberg district of Berlin. On November 8th, people taking a walk found bones in a wooded area of the city's Pankow district, which turned out to be the remains of the missing man.

"The suspect had an interest in cannibalism," Berlin prosecutors' office spokesman Martin Steltner told The Associated Press.

Regional News • Europe • Germany
Almost 200 arrests during anti Covid-19 measures protest in Berlin
Almost 200 arrests during anti Covid-19 measures protest in Berlin
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At the Brandenburg Gate in Berlin, the police had declared a rally with several thousand participants to be over at noon after the protestors had not responded to calls to respect social distancing and mandatory mask rules.

In addition the police announced via Twitter that emergency personnel had been thrown at with "bottles, stones and firecrackers and attacked with pepper spray". Around 190 people were arrested. The police used five water cannon vehicles in order to disband the protest.

Health
Polish women are seeking abortions in Berlin after being denied in their country
Polish women are seeking abortions in Berlin after being denied in their country
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Since the Polish court put a near-total-ban on a law that allowed abortion in cases of severe fetal anomalies there has been a noticeable increase in calls to German charities.

One of them being the charity group "Ciocia Basia" located in Berlin who helps and supports Polish women who want to follow through with an abortion in Germany. A volunteer reported that there has been drastic inflation of calls from Polish women who had an abortion planned in Poland but are now not finding a doctor who is willing to treat them. Women who, if the verdict goes through, will be forced to deliver a sick baby and maybe even put their own life at risk.

Law
Successful investigation into the break-in of the Green Vault
Grünes Gewölbe
Grünes Gewölbe Credit: Jörg Blobelt (Creative Commons Attribution ShareAlike 4.0)

The public prosecutor's office is certain that the Berlin Remmo clan is responsible for the break-in in the Grünes Gewölbe in Dresden. The Dresden Higher Regional Court has already issued arrest warrants against two provisionally arrested suspects, two perpetrators on the run.

During the searches carried out in Berlin on Tuesday, it is still uncertain whether parts of the loot were found.

Regional News • Europe • Germany
Angela Merkel says she is very worried about pandemic in Berlin
Angela Merkel
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The Covid-19 situation in Germany still concerns even with infection numbers not rising as fast as before, Chancellor Angela Merkel said on Tuesday. The chancellor said she would have preferred to have agreed stricter rules at a meeting with federal and state leaders on Monday, adding she was apprehensive about the uncontrolled spread of coronavirus in some places, including the capital Berlin.

Merkel had proposed additional measures including making it mandatory to wear masks in schools and shrink class sizes, and urging citizens, and children, to limit social contacts to one household or friend.

Federal and state leaders postponed until November 25 a decision on further lockdown measures

Law
German Police union: Complete monitoring of people at risk is not possible
German Police union: Complete monitoring of people at risk is not possible
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As a consequence of the attack in Vienna, the German police union ("Gewerkschaft der Polizei") is demanding that people who pose a risk to society are monitored by federal authorities in the future.

Complete monitoring of potential terrorists is no longer possible due to the lack of personnel at the state level.

Berlin currently counts 88 Islamists, whose surveillance would require 2,640 officials. The land has 190 at its disposal.

Law
German federal police tests tasers
German federal police tests tasers
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As of this week, the German federal police are testing the use of distance electrical pulse devices at three locations in Germany. With 30 devices one promises to be able to calm down situations in which possibly only the use of the firearm and thus the risk of a fatal gunshot wound would exist.

Tests are carried out in Berlin, Frankfurt am Main and Kaiserslautern.

Regional News • Europe • Germany
Berlin's Tegel Airport closed
Berlin's Tegel Airport closed
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Berlin's Cold War-era Tegel airport finally closed its doors Sunday after the Air France flight AF1235 to Paris took off. Originally built to handle 2.5 million passengers a year, Tegel passed 24 million in 2019.

The shutdown happened one week after Berlin's new BER airport opened southeast of the capital.

Transportation • Air Transportation & Traffic, Flying
German capital airport BER opens after nine years of delays
German capital airport BER opens after nine years of delays
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After a delay of nine years, the new airport of the German capital Berlin the BER has been opened. Due to the Covid-19 crisis, only a few thousand passengers per day are expected at the new airport in the coming weeks.

Berlin will now close the inner city airport Tegel. The last plane is scheduled to take off there on November 8.