Berlin: Franziska Giffey sworn in as first elected female mayor
21 December 2021 | 1:45 pm
Social Democrat politician Franziska Giffey, Germany's former family minister, has become Berlin's first elected female mayor after a vote by city delegates.
Judges in the German capital have moved to ban a number of weekend demonstrations amid fears they will lead to a rise in coronavirus infections. Police expect protesters to travel to Berlin nonetheless.
The UK national is accused of spying for the Russians since November 2020 in return for undisclosed amounts of cash. It follows a joint German and British police investigation.
As the Taliban advances on Kabul, there is rising concern about German nationals and local Afghans who helped the Bundeswehr and how fast they can be evacuated.
Two Afghans who helped the German military managed to escape the country before the Taliban took control of the country. They told DW about their sleepless nights, fearing for those they've left behind.
Berlin students are pushing for less schnitzel and more beets and lentils in their lunch menus, in an effort to fight climate change.
Giant artworks adorn buildings in the German capital once again as the Berlin Mural Fest resumes after its 2020 edition was cancelled due to Covid-19. The festival has been controversial in the Berlin art scene because it is supported by the large property group Deutsche Wohnen, which plays a leading role in the German market, but in Berlin, where its housing stock is concentrated, Deutsche Wohnen suffers from an unsavoury image as a speculator that fuels rising prices.
Young Austrian designer Florentina Leitner and her "Vacation on the Moon" collection kicked off Berlin's Fashion Week on Monday night.
In a Berlin church, the "Classic meets fetish" evening regularly brings together about a hundred members of the queer community, all dressed in leather, to listen to classical music.
A free kebab for every newly vaccinated person. Berlin is trying to encourage people to get a Covid-19 jab as vaccination rates wane in the country.
It's the first time since March 2020 that partygoers will be able to dance inside the world-famous techno club. They'll have to be vaccinated or recovered from COVID-19 to get past the club's famously strict door policy.
The SPD's Franziska Giffey won 21.4% of the vote, beating the Greens' Bettina Jarasch, who got 18.9%. Besides the national election, Berlin and Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania were also electing local legislatures.
With less than 1,000 days to go until Euro 2024 kicks off, the UEFA unveils the logo for the European Championship at the Olympic Stadium in Berlin. This is the first time that the Germany will host the European competition, which will take place from June 7 to July 7, 2024. Only West Germany hosted the competition in 1988.
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