#213: AfD in Brandenburg, fax hack, one room per person, celebs at Mustafa's
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Brandenburg, what are you thinking?
We’re not the only one who needs to do some housekeeping — every non-AfD party in Brandenburg (as well as the federal government) need to start paying more attention to the average voter in the leafy state that entirely surrounds Berlin: 32 percent of voters there would vote for the AfD were an election this weekend, according to an RBB poll. That’s up nine percentage points from the last poll in April. The left-leaning SPD came in second with 20% and all the AfD’s extra points came from parties in the state’s current government (the conservative CDU lost five, for example). Brandenburg will vote for a new government in exactly a year — time for everyone but the burgeoning fascists to regain some ground. It’s also worth mentioning that people never vote as reactionarily as they answer in polls but 32% is … well, it’s a lot.
Stop hogging all the rooms
Renters in Berlin might be forced to do less housekeeping: Berlin wants to limit new renters at its six residential property companies to a single room per renter, meaning singles could only rent studio apartments and couples two-room abodes (or one-bedrooms if, like me, you’re a Yank), according to Tagesspiegel. Our pols think the move will help ease the extreme lack of living space in Berlin but it could just make it worse — potential parents would have to begin the arduous task of looking for a new, three-room place while pregnant, for example. A cooperation agreement that guides policy for the companies expires this year and proposals will likely leak until it’s complete — rent hikes, after several years of no increases, are already part of the document.
Sometimes the slow-burning jokes are the best. I’ve always found the hype around Mustafa’s Gemüse Döner amusing. While it’s clear not every Döner is created equal, it’s equally clear Mustafa’s isn’t the best — and certainly not worth waiting an hour for. But I’ve appreciated how their early internet adopter attitude coupled with the rise of social media created Berlin’s — if not the world’s — weirdest tourist trap. And yesterday that trap lured its biggest fish — famous anti-semite Ye (Kanye West, for those not paying attention) and wife Bianca Censori were spotted both in line for the famous Fleischgericht (meat dish) and later devouring it in a nearby park, like so many of us have done so many times. According to the Morgenpost, a Ye representative asked if the über-famous couple could jump the line but Mustafa’s said no, because they keep an ordentlich house at their little stand.
Speaking of Ordnung, the Berlin immigration office could use a little: “I sent a fax on Wednesday and got an appointment on Monday.” That’s Brazilian software developer Cleber Neto, describing his “fax hack” of the Landesamt für Einwanderung. The few appointments it offers online every day are gone within seconds and if you do get one it might be nine months. E-mailing also appears to be futile. According to officials, a backlog of 10,000 messages remains unanswered. Agency boss Engelhard Mazanke expressed astonishment about the fax hack: “I am surprised because we practically no longer work with faxes except in certain urgent cases.”
(One of) My favorite Berlin building(s) opened on this day in 1968: Happy Birthday Neue Nationalgalerie! It was architect Mies van der Rohe’s final independent work and was renovated in 2021.
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