No to cannabis, American commies in East Germany, and the best of October

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November is here and, starting tomorrow, there’ll be a four-week lockdown on much of public life. So here’s some other news to help take your mind off things.


Jörg & Axel

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As we have so many new readers who might have missed some of our previous stories, here’s a recap of our best long reads from October.

The best of October

  • “The glock, the bicycle and the wig” A court case started in Berlin this month in which the persecution’s case reads like a film script. An assassin, wearing a wig and carrying a silenced pistol, cycled through a central Berlin park at midday, where he shot a fugitive who’d once fought Russia in the Caucasus. We describe how a small British website uncovered the plot behind the murder.

    The bicycle… © imago images / Olaf Wagner

Coming up…

  • On Tuesday the three men who want to become the next leader of the CDU will be answering questions during a live debate in Berlin. Given the explosive statements Friedrich Merz made last week about a conspiracy to stop him from becoming leader, it should be a pretty tasty affair.

  • Next Saturday there is going to be an anti-lockdown demo in Leipzig. After protests in Spain and Italy turned violent this weekend, there is likely to be an even heavier police presence than usual.

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Who we are:

Jörg Luyken: Journalist based in Berlin since 2014. His work has been published by German and English outlets including der Spiegel, die Welt, the Daily Telegraph and the Times. Formerly in the Middle East.

Axel Bard Bringéus: Started his career as a journalist for the leading Swedish daily Svenska Dagbladet and has spent the last decade in senior roles at Spotify and as a venture capital investor. In Berlin since 2011.