Berlin clamps down on short-term rental websites

3 May 2016, 4:47 pm

Aerial view of the centre of Berlin, Germany. Those who are caught leasing out entire properties in Berlin on Airbnb and other similar websites, instead of single rooms, will face hefty fines, reported The Telegraph. Under the new law called ...... Read More »

Berlin, Germany: Helium balloon tourists alarmed by winds

3 May 2016, 1:08 pm

Several people have been treated for shock after a helium passenger balloon in Berlin was shaken around wildly by gusty winds for several minutes, although nobody was injured. Police spokeswoman Kerstin Ziesmer said the balloon, which is a popular tourist ...... Read More »

Berlin restricts Airbnb to safeguard affordable housing

3 May 2016, 8:30 am

Berlin, the capital of Germany, has become one Europe’s hottest city destinations of late. This may sound obvious, except when you consider that in the space of eight years, the city saw a increase of 13 million overnight visitors, totaling 30.2 million ...... Read More »

Germany to legalise medicinal cannabis

3 May 2016, 8:26 am

BERLIN, Germany (AFP) — Germany is to legalise cannabis for medicinal purposes early next year, the health minister said on Tuesday. "Our goal is that seriously ill patients are treated in the best possible way," said Hermann Groehe, who will present ...... Read More »

Germany to exit coal power "well before 2050" - draft document

3 May 2016, 5:10 am

Calls have grown for Berlin to set out a timetable to withdraw from coal in ... The coal sector still accounts for around 40 percent of electricity generated in Germany and is viewed as an important pillar for a stable power supply as the country exits ...... Read More »

Germany's Jews are divided over whether to welcome or oppose an unprecedented wave of immigration from Muslim lands traditionally hostile to Israel

3 May 2016, 1:05 am

BERLIN — When the leader of Germany's Jews spoke out against the flow of Muslim migrants to Europe, a rabbinical student denounced his views as racist — and ignited a debate over whether Jews are right to fear unprecedented levels of immigration from ...... Read More »

Germany Migrants Jewish Division

3 May 2016, 12:52 am

In this photo taken Friday, April 22, 2016, Rabbinical student Armin Langer poses for a portrait photo in Berlin, Germany. The student, Armin Langer, was kicked out of the Abraham Geiger College in Potsdam after he wrote that the leader of Germany’s ...... Read More »

Educated migrants have edge as Germany aims for integration

3 May 2016, 12:13 am

BERLIN (AP) — Wafaa Askar arrived in Germany barely a year and a half ago from her Syrian homeland, but she already speaks German fluently and counts more Germans than Syrians as friends. Orhan Sahin arrived from Turkey more than three decades ago ...... Read More »

Berlin's 'Zweckentfremdungsverbot' law bans 'entire place' listings on Airbnb

2 May 2016, 1:17 pm

Authorities in Berlin, Germany have officially banned tourists from renting whole apartments and homes through rental sites like Airbnb and VRBO, in an attempt to help maintain affordable housing in the city. City officials enacted the new law on May 1 ...... Read More »

Berlin: No More Renting Out Your Whole Apartment on Airbnb

2 May 2016, 10:00 am

Airbnb, the service that lets homeowners rent out their houses or apartments to others, is having a little trouble in Berlin, Germany. Under new regulations that went into effect on May 1, homeowners in Berlin can no longer rent out entire properties to ...... Read More »

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