NPR Berlin Question Of The Week: How Do You Feel About The Outcome Of The French Election?
39 year-old Emmanuel Macron will be the next French president. Independent Centrist Macron won the election with almost 66 percent of the vote over far-right, nationalist Marine Le Pen. In Kreuzberg, French café Le Canapé Rouge hosted a viewing party for the election and we asked some of the attendees, "How do you feel about the outcome of the French election?"
On Books: 'Transit' By Rachel Cusk
Life is like a construction site that can never be finished. In Rachel Cusk's newest, bitingly funny novel Transit , this piece of worldly wisdom becomes literally true when its heroine returns to a familiar place to start over. After divorcing the father of her two sons, Faye – the narrator from Cusk's 2014 novel Outline – moves back to London, hoping to pick up where she left off. Without thinking it through, she buys a place that nobody else wants. Everyday renovations of the run-down house reveal new challenges. At the same time, Faye is trying to make sense of her personal life. She looks to others: Old friends and neighbors who seem to have it all figured out. Slowly, she realizes that the big revelations she has been waiting for are simply not coming. What happens when everything you believed in falls apart? How do you rebuild your life from scratch? The twenty-first century is a construction project just like Faye's living situation in Transit : with everything constantly
NPR Berlin Question Of The Week: Do You Feel Safe In Berlin?
Berlin has recently been rated Germany’s most dangerous city according to the official crime statistics of 2016. The safest city in Germany is Munich. We wanted to know if Berliners felt this change in their safety, so we went to Neukölln and asked, "Do you think Berlin has become more dangerous?" "In my experience, I go out a lot during the day and during the night and I feel very safe in general. I can understand some women don’t always feel safe because there is still a little bit [of a] culture of guys liking to look at you and call you a bit when they’re in groups as well which is not fun." "Yeah, we do feel safe, and it’s a beautiful city. So, we can’t complain." "I’m traveling alone here, and I feel absolutely safe walking around." "I’d say I feel safe living here. There’s certain areas that I’m unsure of, but all in all it’s a pretty safe city, I’d say." "As I’m just visiting the city, so far I’ve never felt in danger or anything. I think there’s a more hype saying that the
Three Things To Do This Week
A few things to keep in mind this week: What is jazz? You know it when you hear it. The XJazz Festival 2017 runs from May 3rd through the 7th in Kreuzberg , including improvised electronic music, new classical music, and experimental jazz. It's also a celebration of Berlin's music scene; most of the musicians are local. Germany's largest theater festival, Theatertreffen , kicks off Saturday night with a production of Three Sisters and runs through the 21st . The festival features the ten "most notable" productions of the last season, selected by a jury of critics. The "Schools of Tomorrow" program at Haus der Kulturen der Welt raises big questions about the future of education. The kick-off conference from May 4th through the 6th brings together educators pioneering new methods with keynote theorists - pilot programs based on these ideas hit schools next year.
NPR Berlin Question Of The Week: What Do You Think About The French Presidential Election?
Centrist Emmanuel Macron won France's first-round presidential election, with far right-candidate Marine Le Pen in close second, leaving behind the mainstream candidates. Macron and Le Pen will face each other in the run-off election on May 7. We wanted to know what Berliners think about the outcome of the first round vote?