I am Imanuel Marcus, The Berlin Spectator's founder and main editor. Before I came to Berlin, I lived all over the place, including in former Yugoslavia, where I was a war reporter. As a foreign correspondent for German and Swiss radio stations, I worked in the U.S. for almost 6 years. I also lived in Bulgaria and Mexico, meaning I know what it is like to be an expatriate. But I am a former Hamburger in Berlin.
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Soon, 1,000 participants from all over the world are scheduled to arrive in Berlin for the World Congress Against the Death Penalty. They will be discussing ways to achieve an abolition of capital punishment, which still exists in far too many countries.
On November 9th, 1938, Nazi mobs destroyed businesses owned by Jews and synagogues all over Germany. Fifty-one years later, on November 9th, 1989, the Berlin Wall fell. Obviously, November 9th is an ambivalent date.
The election drama in the city state of Berlin is going into its next round. On Friday, the Bundestag is supposed to decide about the number of electoral districts that will be affected by a planned election rerun. But this is only part of a big issue with possible implications for elected MPs and officials.
On Sunday, some 250 people commemorated a cyclist who died of her injuries after she was run over by a heavy truck earlier this week. The event took place at the location of the accident in Berlin's Wilmersdorf borough.