Opinion: In defence of Uber – Three reasons it beats taxis

Uber has quickly become the most contentious technology company in Germany, challenging the taxi establishment as well as regulators across the country, as attempts to ban the chauffeur app leap from the municipal to the national stage. The following is an excerpt of an opinion piece I pitched and edited for The Local Germany. As …

Europe’s biggest tech show debuts in Berlin

Bendable televisions, a smartphone with an edge and the smart home that takes care of you — the IFA consumer electronics show burst onto Berlin’s exhibition grounds on Friday. Crowds poured into the brand new City Cube Berlin to ogle the latest offerings from global electronics giant Samsung. With the new building all to themselves, …

Berlin struggles to sell former Goebbels villa

After two failed attempts, Berlin is trying again to sell the sprawling estate and villa once known as Joseph Goebbels’ illicit love nest, but so far, nobody’s buying. The address of the former villa of Hitler’s propaganda minister is as misleading as it is revealing. Number One, Friendship Place, northeast of Berlin, is thought to …

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 …