Dying town centres seek the miracle cure

Home to two-thirds of Germany’s population, many of its small cities and towns are struggling to revive their declining centres. The Local’s Tomas Urbina reports from Delmenhorst in Lower Saxony, as it tries to dig its way out of the economic doldrums. It’s 2 p.m. on a Saturday afternoon and the downtown promenades in Delmenhorst, …

Berlin seniors take on Swedish property giant Akelius

Some came with canes, some with walkers, but they all came ready for a fight. On Monday afternoon, elderly residents of the apartment block at Hansa-Ufer 5 gathered for a tenants meeting in the modest common room on the ground floor of the building on the banks of the Spree River. In Berlin, it’s a …

“I’ll give you two choices: either I smash your face in or you tell me what’s going on.”

What to do when given a choice like that?  Any self-respecting non-masochist would readily choose option two: explain what is going on.  But here, as with most stories, context is everything. Earlier that Monday (Nov. 22) I had been covering the preparations for État d’Urgence (State of Emergency), an annual event organized by the art …