Introducing Hochhaus longform

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Dear Reader,

We are writing to you today to tell you about the future of this newsletter. 

Going forward we are going to include a paid tier to our content. We’ve got big ambitions to create a rich and challenging news source on German life and society. The first step on this journey is adding a new, long-form section.

Eventually, we’d like to introduce different formats such as video interviews with Germans who have something fascinating to say about the state of the country. Somewhere down the line we’d also like to commission articles from journalists we admire. That’s our Zukunftsmusik...

Don’t worry, the free newsletter won’t disappear…

  • Hochhaus - Letter from Berlin: We will continue to send out two newsletters a week, where we will analyse important political developments and keep you up to date on the latest news.

  • Hochhaus longform: Paying members will receive an additional in-depth article every second Wednesday. In these longer pieces, we’ll take a deep dive into an aspect of German current affairs that we feel deserves more attention. Membership will cost €5/month or €50/year. If you want to, you can donate more!

  • Everyone who signs up for the longform newsletter gets the first month for free!

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The more paying members we have, the more time we can devote to perfecting our content! (The first month is free)

Here’s a sneak peak at our first paid member edition. Subscribe today so as not to miss out: We are taking a closer look at the power Germany’s domestic intelligence agency has to eavesdrop on politicians. A declaration by The Federal Agency for Protection of the Constitution that the AfD are a “Verdachstfall” is reportedly imminent. If it comes, spies will be able to tap the phones of AfD politicians and even party members. But it’s not just the far-right that have found themselves into the cross-hairs of the country’s secret services. Politicians from Die Linke and even the Greens have been spied upon. These are capabilities unheard of in other democracies. Arguably, Germany’s unique history makes such controls necessary. But is the system also open to abuse?