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The market was somewhat more free before the rent freeze (it was not completely free, see antipattern's excellent answer), and this had effects that some Berliners considered undesirable. The article describes what some of those effects were: ...in recent years, rents have skyrocketed...pushing middle-class families from Berlin's central residential ...


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What's going on? This is a leftover from earlier historical tradition, which had lots of lower-level democracy. For example, coroners being elected was a tradition not just from early days of USA, but actually from English common law: Electing a coroner is a holdover from medieval English common law, where the coroner's job was to determine how and when ...


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The pattern you describe is called colonization. Think of it. A place that is viewed as being "without proper government." Europeans come in, bring their laws and administration, in the hope that the locals will be happier than with their previous rulers. What makes you think that Sweden would want to do it? They seem to be a fan of democracy, all things ...


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Rent for new buildings isn't capped (at least not by this new law), so the cap shouldn't interfere with new buildings. Rent may also be increased up to a point when a building is modernized. The cap was implemented because the market didn't work for a lot of people who needed to spend more and more of their income on rent or be driven out of Berlin. The ...


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Because when these results are projected into a nationwide swing, Labour and Conservatives come out suggesting that Labour has a small lead. However there is normally a swing away from the party of Government in mid-term elections, and a swing back towards the government party for the general. Projecting these result forward to the next general election ...


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The unopportunistic and unattractive truth (I'm not afraid of saying it) is that Berlin is a red-red-green governed city and rents are one of their most important lighthouse projects. Also, the market does not, and cannot work because the market is actively prevented from working. The market is driven by offer and demand. Demand has been going up, so ...


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Ukraine "imported" some high ranking civil servants (ministers) and advisers, in an attempt to fight corruption and bring some efficiency into the administration. Perhaps the best known is Mikheil Saakashvili, former Georgian president, appointed a Governor of Odessa Oblast in 2015. The outcome? Mixed. Saakashvili was quite popular and apparently ...


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According to this website, today is the Hamilton Co. Municipal Primary Election, the General Election is scheduled for November 5th, 2019. On the surface, Indiana is an open primary state, so you do not have to register for a party in order to participate in that party's primary. However, there is a law IC 3-10-1-6 that reads like this: A voter may vote ...


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The UN sometimes manages entire countries. Here is a link to the administration for Kosovo And a list of territories governed by the UN


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Federalism Before we talk about anything else, let's note that the United States is a federal system. Each state sets its own rules. Even the titles might be different. So the following discussion will be centered on how things are done in Pennsylvania, which may be quite different from how they might be done in other states. Another state might even ...


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Because the Berlin government fails to understand (or at least publicly acknowledge) that price freezes don't work. This has been proven time and time again, but it is easy for politicians to ignore the physical reality of how the world operates, as long as it brings them more votes during the next election. Case in point: No, rent control does not work — ...


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Local government elections don't have any direct impact on each other and there is no consensus way to quantify the fact that an election in a small city, or a city with more seats on its council, may be less important than in a major city, or a seat with fewer seats on its council. Similarly, is the only thing that matters how many local governments are ...


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First off, to clarify: the executive of a town/city in USA is typically called a "mayor", not a "governor". The powers of a mayor may vary from state to state and city to city, BUT: Yes, mayors usually control local law enforcement (police). This is not a new concept - local law enforcement was a feature of British system - although at a regional, rather ...


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None of us can know the true reason why, as none of us has been involved in the decisions. I want to provide some contextual and historical information that might enable us to understand the decision. It is important to know that previously, Berlin used an instrument called the "Mietenspiegel" to dynamically freeze rents. This has been in place since the ...


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It depends... Even within a single state, there may be different governing structures for different cities. When a city gets large enough, it gets a "charter" that describes the nature of the government. Different cities' charters can be very different. Most cities have either a "strong mayor" or a "weak mayor" government. In a "weak mayor" government, ...


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The (long suppressed) video evidence is particularly incriminating. It showed police officers who aggressively engaged their suspect, made no attempt to protect themselves, and one who fired a full 16-round magazine into McDonald without any immediate danger to himself or others. There is substantial evidence of a concerted effort to cover up the incident. ...


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To address why Wandsworth is described as a key target, it's necessary to summarise the electoral system for UK national elections, as well as local elections in England and Wales. Both use a first past the post (i.e. the candidate(s) with a plurality of votes wins) in individual voting areas (parliamentary constituencies at national level, wards an local ...


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Municipalities in British Columbia are regulated through the Local Government Act of British Columbia and the Community Charter (and Vancouver has its own thing that applies only to it, but let's avoid that.) The Fundamental Powers section of the Community Charter might be a good place to start, as this brief fragment might demonstrate: 8.3 A council may,...


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Legislation is made at Westminster to provide for budgets: https://www.belfasttelegraph.co.uk/news/northern-ireland/new-government-legislation-on-northern-ireland-direct-rule-in-all-but-name-36750476.html Operationally the civil service still report to the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, who at the time of writing is Karen Bradley. Other than that,...


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I'm surprised to note that no one has mention services like AirBnB. I do not know if this is the case for Berlin, but other cities with a significant tourist sector, like Reykjavik for instance, has had the problem of people buying apartments and then renting them out within services like the aforementioned. This causes a situation were residents are pushed ...


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I used to live in Pennsylvania, and I know exactly what you mean. When I lived there, we actually had to vote for dogcatcher. Seriously. Even here in Oklahoma, we have to vote for judges. I usually end up talking to local lawyers I know whose opinions I respect so I can make an informed vote. But lets look at the alternative here. Let's say these people ...


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The city borders of Paris are, of course, essentially defined by history like most other city borders in Europe. Paris’ situation is in no way unique; see for example the City of Brussels which houses only 14.6 % of the inhabitants of the Brussels Capital region (the corresponding number for Paris seems to be around 17.5 %). The question of why a certain ...


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The bulk of the problem you're going to run into is the smell and noise of chickens. Here's a complaint like that I live in a residential zone. My neighbor has a chicken coop that is bursting at its seams. The noise from the chickens is constant, and the smell is unbearable. Not just roosters make noise, and the more you have, the more that noise is ...


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There is not an identifiable major city in these United States where the government has chosen to neglect municipal concerns in general, or specifically snow removal. At the minimum, the contract the provision of this services to private companies. It is doubtful that the voting public would elect, or abide, a government that neglected these expected ...


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The British Mandate for Palestine was an attempt to have a foreign government govern a territory. It is widely considered by the people who live there today (about 75 years after the end of the mandate) to have been a failure. The reasons for the failure may have been either because the British themselves did not handle the situation properly, or it may be ...


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Not sure that it matches what you are looking for, but Romania "transplanted" a king more than 150 years ago: The former Domnitor of united Romania, Alexandru Ioan Cuza, had been expelled from the country by the leading noblemen, leaving Romania in political chaos. Napoleon III suggested Karl, who was the brother in law of Philip. Napoleon's ...


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This is like asking 'why do the central banks continue to prop up the global economy with quantitive easing'? Because they have to otherwise we all end up in the dark ages, and the dark ages is what a free market would deliver. You are asking a question but providing the answer at the same time. Berlin is freezing rent hikes to prevent rent price explosion. ...


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Look what happened to cities like London. The "free market" rules brought benefits only for the speculation. Why? Because houses in London are marketed as an investment good, not as a place for people to live in. The main problem in London is that people from all over the world have been persuaded to buy there, few years ago when the wave of Russian buyers ...


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As a person who lived in Berlin for 5 years I can tell you that the situation went completely crazy in that short period of time. If you rent a 1 room flat in Berlin and you have the minimal allowed salary then you have nothing to eat after you pay for electricity and heating. I'm a senior software developer so I could afford that but what for? I left this ...


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