The Berlin start-up syndrome: Where lifestyle breeds young creativity

The Berlin start-up syndrome: Where lifestyle breeds young creativity

There’s been something of a buzzword floating around the streets of Berlin recently. On the outskirts of the city lay worn down streets, unkempt houses and graffiti riddled buildings. However when you reach the inner core of the city, the landscape starts to change. As the many tram lines that run through central Berlin connect everyone to the rest of the city, there lurks an oozing creative magnet – the ‘start up attraction’ – that…

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Give Something Back To Berlin: Tackling the expat divide

Give Something Back To Berlin: Tackling the expat divide

Give Something Back To Berlin (GSBTB) is an urban organisation, set up just over two years ago, that’s aim is to strengthen social cohesion throughout Berlin. When new creative talent and refugees began to enter the city, there was becoming something of fallout- between old Berliner’s and the new cohort coming in.  Together with social organisations, GSBTB, enables the two groups to mix through social programmes, activates and music projects and hopes to close the…

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Housing hope: the refugee solution

Housing hope: the refugee solution

With his hands in his pockets and his head dropped, Kwame, a 23-year old man from Mali, stands on Oranienplatz in Berlin, a dusty square that has become symbolic of Germany’s ambivalent reception of refugees like him: The country last year granted more asylum’s than any other in the EU – a total of 200,805 – but among ordinary citizens, the tensions against foreigners are growing. In Oranienplatz, this recently led to arson against an…

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BUNDjugend, young Berlines big steps

BUNDjugend, young Berlines big steps

They meet once a week, around a wood table, all of them are young from 15 to 27 years old, they call themselves BUNDjugend collective and they share a have a common feeling: they need to change something.  The next Saturday, this collective will join to the initiative against the sign of the TTIP in Berlin, but their biggest opportunity will be this November in Paris with the celebration of the Climate change convention where…

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Crowd funding dreams: The wolf waiting to howl

Crowd funding dreams: The wolf waiting to howl

  Berlin, Germany- A crowdfunding project, WOLF, is due to open its doors in December in the Neukölln neighbourhood, right in the heart of Berlin. Once building work is complete, the 360 square meter premises will be a cinema- café bar hosting workshops and events for local, international and prospective filmmakers. The project has received just over €46,000 from online contributors and other small investors but will it be a breath of fresh air for the neighbourhood? Euroviews caught…

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Ich bin ein Berliner!

Ich bin ein Berliner!

Well not quite yet… Myself and fellow Euroviews reporter Mercedes Robles are dining late night Berlin style, our route to our hostel has been severely deterred thanks to our decision to fly late night… Berlin style, but none the less we made it to the Holy Grail that is our home for the next week, all be it at four in the morning. Transport misdemeanours  After a night of floating around on the nocturnal buses,…

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