Housing in Barcelona is so scarce that developers are turning a profit off tiny "beehive flats." The three-square-meter cubicles barely fit a bed, but waiting lists are already running to the thousands.
Renters in Berlin are appealing to the local council to stop the sale of their homes. But if buyers offer no guarantees, and the building is too expensive, there isn't much the authorities can do to protect them.
If you have an apartment in Berlin, you can consider yourself lucky. The market is tight and the city is all the rage, causing owners to rent out more flats to tourists and worsening an already severe housing shortage.
Finding an apartment in a German city is hard work these days. That is especially true for those who have little money. Some critics say it's a dangerous development that could have dramatic political consequences.
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