Berlin plans rent freeze from January 1. But contractors are worried about the impact of rent control on the building industry.
Major retailers in Germany say they plan to stop paying rent for stores that were told to close in order to slow the pandemic. Adidas is leading the charge, along with shoe chain Deichmann and Swedish clothing giant H&M.
Restaurants in Germany are closed. But Michelin-starred Max Strohe and his team carry on, preparing meals for doctors and nurses. Food donations determine what's on the menu.
Around 1.4 million homes in the German capital are set to benefit from the freeze, which lasts for 5 years. The measure begins as new data reveals more German families are leaving large cities due to skyrocketing rents.
The Left's Bundestag leader, Sahra Wagenknecht, has proposed a nationwide rent cap for Germany. Berlin's urban development minister has already proposed capping monthly rates at €7.97 per square meter in the capital.
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