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Berlin politician crusades for health of skateboarding dog
File photo: DPA

Can a canine enjoy skateboarding? That's the question Berlin politicians are struggling to address in a row over a dog on four wheels.

'Shit show' Berlin airport
Plan to open Berlin airport in 2017 finally (inevitably) dead
Passengers won't be walking beneath Willy Brandt's name in lights any time soon. Photo: DPA

Travellers are set to wait still longer for Berlin's much-delayed new airport to open, as city media report that a provisional opening date in late 2017 is no longer achievable.

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13 (even more) thrilling facts you must know about Berlin
Berlin, du bist so wunderbar. Photo: DPA.

Berlin is just so gosh darn interesting, we couldn't fit it all into the first list on our website of infinite virtual space.

1000s of smashed beer bottles bring Autobahn to standstill
The clean up near Bayreuth. Photo: DPA

The main road artery between Munich and Berlin was completely shut down on Tuesday evening after a truck driver committed a cardinal sin.

All aboard the €3,000 train ride from Berlin to London
Hercule Poirot on the Orient Express. Photo: Arte/DPA

One imagines that there is more than one Londoner who has moved to Germany in pursuit of Christopher Isherwood’s Berlin. Now they have the chance to travel like him, too.

Berlin thief shows heart in surprising act of kindness
Photo: DPA

Pickpockets are an ever more common phenomenon in the German capital. But sometimes they can surprise you.

Here's why Munich is worth 20 times more than Berlin
BMW's headquarters in Munich. Photo: DPA

The Bavarian capital leaves other German cities in the dust when it comes to where the highest-valued companies choose to plant their flag.

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10 fascinating facts you never knew about Berlin
Photo: DPA

The German capital is a place full of surprises and secrets. With its ever-changing life it's hard to keep up with even a fraction of what is going on in the city.

Two police raids on journos raise press freedom fears
The raids relate to violent protests in Frankfurt in March 2015. Photo: DPA

Police raided the Berlin homes of two photographers on Wednesday morning. One journalist said he was being treated "like an outlaw."

Cyclists' 'Ride of Silence' launches bid for safer streets
Berlin cyclists wear white in a silent protest against traffic deaths on the capital's streets. Photo: DPA

A huge crowd of cyclists gathered at Berlin's Brandenburg Gate on Wednesday evening for a 'Ride of Silence' in memory of those killed on the capital's streets.

Church tower Wi-Fi 'Godspots' to bring word from on high
File Photo: DPA

The Protestant Church in Berlin and Brandenburg has an unusual plan to attract the faithful to its thousands of steeples.

London ‘master thief’ strikes at Germany’s fanciest store
Photo: DPA

A 22-year-old woman from London has been arrested in Berlin after stealing designer goods from KaDeWe, Germany’s most famous luxury department store, local media report.

'Known Salafist' allowed to work at Berlin airports
Berlin's Tegel airport seen from the air. Photo: DPA

A worker was allowed access to secure areas of both of Berlin's airports for up to 10 months after authorities found out he had links to fundamentalist Islam, media reported on Wednesday.

School kids don’t have right to vegan food: Berlin court
Photo: DPA

Children whose parents want them to live a vegan lifestyle - or a stone-age or fruitarian one for that matter - will have to bring their own food to school, a Berlin court ruled on Wednesday.

Shy tenants take sting out of German rent controls
Photo: DPA

With rents shooting up in Berlin, the government stepped in last year on the side of the tenant. But so far the measures haven’t worked.

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