What went wrong at BER? Berlin's unfinished airport has been in construction for over 11 years, cost have blown from €1 to €5.4 billion, and there's no end in sight. It's a story of incompetence, corruption and Berlin's general inability to get it's act together. On this series, Radio Spaetkauf explains the BER disaster fail-by-fail.
Rent Freeze #4: How To F#€k Up A Mietendeckel
The Berlin Mietendeckel experiment has been killed in court. Who will voters punish - the R2G parties who promoted the law, or the opponents who challenged it? Will backpayments and higher rents hurt the local economy? What hope is left for affordable housing? We interview politicians, lawyers and campaigners on this special extended podcast. Presented by Maisie Hitchcock, Joel Dullroy, Jöran Mandik and Daniel Stern.
Rent Freeze #3: Don't Spend It
This month residents of Berlin should experience the biggest collective rent reduction in history. About 340,000 residents - one in six - may be eligible for a rent cut under the Mietendeckel, Berlin’s radical new housing policy. But landlords are doing their best to stop it through tricks and court challenges. And what are the effects of the rent freeze so far?
Episode 5: Crash Take-Off
BER is finished, but the biggest disaster could soon come. What happens if the airport goes bankrupt? Is the pandemic hiding a capacity crunch? Should it open at all? We visit Berlin Brandenburg Airport to see if it's really ready for the last episode of How To Fuck Up An Airport. Producers: Joel Dullroy, Maisie Hitchcock, Jöran Mandik, Daniel Stern.
Rent Freeze #2: Magic Words
How To F#€k Up An Airport team presents: Rent Freeze, a podcast about Berlin's rental revolution. The rent freeze has begun, but nobody seems to know what's going on. Landlords and tenants alike are confused about what to do next. On this episode we go inside Berlin's parliament to hear the moment the rent freeze law was passed. We hear what landlords think about the new law and how they're planning to cheat.
Rent Freeze #1: The Experiment
What happens when an entire city of 3.5 million residents stops paying rent increases for the next five years? Welcome to Rent Freeze, a podcast about Berlin’s radical new housing law. On this episode we explain the basics and talk to Daniel Halmer of Wenigermiete.de about why the existing rent controls haven't worked.
Never Finished (live!)
A special live recording of the fourth and (maybe) last episode. Take a tour of all four of Berlin’s under-construction, out-of-use, falling-apart and over-capacity airports. At BER, we hear the airport company's side of the story: damn high regulations got in the way, they say. Tempelhof is closed, Tegel is operating precariously, and only socialist-built Schönefeld is muddling through.
Fun, interesting and an unbelievable story
This is one favorite podcast series! Have been through all the episodes a couple of times, and are crossing my fingers and hoping for an extra episode now that BER is finally opening!