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EXBERLINER Issue 125, March 2014

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Inside this month's issue: Who's afraid of the Spanish? We investigate 'benefit tourism' worries. Plus: a Neukölln slum turns into a sanctuary for downtrodden Roma, we put the BVG in our crosshairs, Ken Loach speaks on Left Unity and much, much more!

HILFE! THE SPANIARDS ARE COMING! As Germany opens its borders to more and more work-seeking migrants from the crisis-stricken EU, fears of "social tourism" abound. Are they justified?

MARX'S ARK Three years ago, Harzer Straße 65 in Neukölln was a run-down, rat-infested slum. Today, the cleaned-up complex is a shining example of Roma integration thanks to one man: Benjamin Marx.

SCREW THE BVG! Exorbitant prices, unfair policies and now a financial scandal? Berlin deserves better public transit, says Wladek Flakin.

“WE'RE UNSTOPPABLE” Filmmaker/left-wing activist Ken Loach speaks with us about his new party, Left Unity.

STILL AT SEA Winter is over, but the Oranienplatz camp remains. What's next for the refugee protesters?

URBAN SOLIDARITY Concert tickets, a cup of coffee, even a telephone guardian angel – five completely free tips and tricks to make the most out of life in Berlin.

BEST OF BERLIN Glass blowing in Reinickendorf, free pool in Neukölln, club magnate Conny Opper heads south, a soda that kills döner breath and a shop for all things Polaroid.

BERLIN BITES German comfort food in a post-industrial baroque wonderland at La Soupe Populaire, three Manufakturen that reinvent the basics, and... cronuts? Yup, cronuts.

Also in this issue:

FELIX HERNGREN The Swedish director/actor/comedian on his big-budget adaptation of the bestseller The Hundred-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out of the Window and Disappeared.

BOOKA SHADE They were on the verge of breaking up, but latest album EVE finds them funkier than ever. Catch the Frankfurt tech-house duo at Tempelhof on Fri, Mar 14.

MAERZMUSIK The contemporary music fest hits the Berliner Festspiele from Mar 14-23, including juggernaut Einstein on the Beach and cerebral opera IQ, We interview IQ's composer, Berliner Enno Poppe.

Plus all the latest in film, music, art, stage, events, fashion and much more!