Deborah Cole

Deborah Cole


AFP correspondent, Berlin-based since '95. Cover Angela Merkel, Europe's top economy and foreign policy but they let me do the film fests too. Usual disclaimer.

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The police report, as so often per @hesselmann  @Tagesspiegel  , placed blame on the dead jogger & not the motorcyclist, who had no injuries. I wasn't there but I've read enough of these reports to begin to wonder why motorists so rarely face real consequences in these situations

right turns, (often scared) cyclists & delivery guys on e-bikes blasting through crowded sidewalks & e-scooters piled high on the narrow spaces once reserved for us walkers, I'm going to back initiatives ( is just 1) fighting for a real ENDS #Verkehrswende 

For all those for whom Greyhound played a part of their romantic youth, now it's going German with a takeover by Flixbus@AFP 

Germany may be getting its 1st First Spouse (sure, bring on the head of state/head of govt quibbles..) who's an active politician. Our German service @AFPde  profiles regional minister Britta Ernst, wife of @OlafScholz  @sternde 

🚦 parties bid to install Olaf Scholz as chancellor by Dec 6 would, by about 11 days, rob Angela Merkel of chance to top Helmut Kohl's post-war longevity record

Heartfelt good evening to this rather wind-whipped skating polar bear I spotted while covering the #FridaysForFuture  rally today in Berlin

The Frankfurt book fair, the world's largest publishing trade event, faced a growing controversy after several authors cancelled their appearances in protest at the presence of a far-right publisher. @AFP  @michfitz 

The Frankfurt book fair, the world's largest publishing trade event, faced a growing controversy after several authors cancelled their appearances in protest at the presence of a far-right publisher. @AFP  @michfitz09 

If you're new to Berlin: get outside and hold these perfect fall days close, you're going to need them this winter

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Angela Merkel holds the hand of state leader Malu Dreyer, who lives with MS, to support her as the 2 inspect the damage in the flood-ravaged town of Schuld and speak with rescue workers and residents @AFP  @AFPphoto  Photo (Christof Stache)

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Well done, Berlin. These trash cans popping up at parks allow you to easily donate your deposit bottles to collectors without them having to dig through the garbage

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Merkel is asked (at a tech conf): Do you use smart technology at home or do you switch on the washing machine yourself? Merkel: My husband does the laundry.

It's a time of cheap shots in politics -- I'm only human

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This 100 yo ad for a Jewish-owned clothing shop forced to close in '38 only recently came to light in Gelsenkirchen, Germany when the building next door was torn down. Debate raging how best to preserve it with construction plans already approved h/t Weiße Rose Gesellschaft

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BREAKING: BioNTech-Pfizer say Covid vaccine 100% effective in 12-15 year olds @AFP 

Berlin was liberated from the Nazis 75 years ago today. This new website walks you through that time with extraordinary pictures of Reichstag, Brandenburg Gate, Alexanderplatz & Sachsenhausen concentration camp layered on top of contemporary images

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Whatever you presume the level of international interest in all aspects of the #GeorgeFloyd  story is & what it says about US democracy & the rule of law, multiply it by a factor of 10

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