The Coronavirus Chronicle

The Coronavirus Chronicle #15: ‘PAIN’ THROUGH A WINDOW

todayApril 17, 2020


We are facing one of the biggest global health threats in decades which has led governments around the world to shut down daily life. But how is the race to contain COVID-19 affecting the people it’s meant to protect here in Berlin?

Normally stepping into Matthias Liber’s cafe feels like being transported to a little corner of France, with its baguette sandwiches, soaps, wines and other French goods. But these days the door to Le Midi is shuttered and 43-year-old Liber serves customers through the window.

How has his Prenzlauer Berg neighborhood supported him and what may happen to his restaurant in the future? Listen below.


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“I try everything to stay here and to survive…to be here again when people are back,” Liber says.

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Written by: monika.mueller.kroll

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