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EXBERLINER Issue 145, January 2016

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A year after Germany passed its minimum wage law, we take a look at the job scene in Berlin. Who's working and who's unemployed? How much money is everyone making? How do restaurateurs circumvent the law – and is that actually a good thing for their employees? Here's what you will find inside:

BERLINERS AT WORK
The facts, the stats and the gender gaps: all about employment and unemployment in Germany's economically lagging capital.

COOKING THE BOOKS
How restaurateurs get away with underpaying workers – and why that might benefit everyone.

THE NEW WORKING CLASS HEROES
They're young, they're educated and they're cleaning your toilets: meet the first-world expats doing Berlin's dirty work.

THE SCHOOL CONSOLER
A social worker at a "Brennpunktschule" takes us behind classroom doors.

THE KINDNESS OF STRANGERS A tour guide, a busker and a Klofrau explain what it's like to live off other people's generosity.

ASYLUM SEEKER SEEKS JOB Are refugees employable? A hard look at the facts, the initiatives and the (rare) success stories.

FIND YOUR BERLIN CAREER! A cheat sheet for expats seeking that dream job.

SELLING YOUR BODY THE EASY WAY
Ever thought about making money off your sperm? What about plasma or breast milk? Five Berliners used what nature gave them to afford life's little luxuries.

DIVINE CALLINGS
A rabbi, a priest and an imam on making a living off doing God's work.

Also in this issue:

JE SUIS CHARLIE
One year later, Daniel Leconte and his son Emmanuel revisit the Charlie Hebdo massacre in their documentary, out January 7.

OPERA FOR NEWBIES
No more excuses: get thee to the opera house! We explain what to see, where to go and how to get discount tickets.

SINGING THE WAR
Hoger Schulze of the Haus der Kulturen der Welt explains the connection between war and music, to be explored in a four-day festival (January 14-17).

MICHAEL MÜLLER
One of Berlin's most-exhibited, most-buzzed-about artists makes his institutional solo debut at KW, through January 24.

BEST OF BERLIN
Stick to your New Year's resolutions with an upcycled frame shop, a trampoline park, a garbage boy calendar and superfood powders.

BERLIN BITES Four co-working canteens and the Michelin-starred, "brutally local" Nobelhart & Schmutzig. ...And much, much more!