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Berlin: Visiting the Invisible


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A Berlin City Tour to Anonymous and Aggressive Real Estate Investors.
With Christoph Trautvetter (Expert on Tax Justice and Money Laundering, Netzwerk Steuergerechtigkeit and Wem gehört Berlin, DE). In partnership with Rosa-Luxemburg Stiftung. Part of the Disruption Network Lab 19th conference: “EVICTED BY GREED: Global finance, Housing & Resistance” (27-28 March 2020, Studio 1, Kunstquartier Bethanien).

On our stroll from Potsdamer Platz into Kreuzberg – one of Berlin´s most popular and dynamic neighborhoods – we´ll pass houses that are owned by anonymous investors and hear the stories they have to tell about how those investors hide their identity, maximise their profits – often at the cost of the inhabitants – and how they avoid taxes and many other forms of regulation. We’ll also see some colourful examples of alternative approaches to house ownership, get to know the neighborhood and possibly even meet some of the residents turned activists.

The tour draws on the findings of the project “Wem gehört die Stadt” of the Rosa-Luxemburg Stiftung, including recent and forthcoming studies on the ownership structure of Berlin with data collected from various groups. It will take about three hours and will end in a café most likely somewhere around Kottbusser Tor (live-locations will be available for the registered participants during the tour). The participants of the tour will receive a small guidebook that contains further information on the investors behind the visited houses.

Christoph Trautvetter is an expert on Tax Justice and Money Laundering with Netzwerk Steuergerechtigkeit and Wem gehört Berlin. He analyses ownership structures, illicit financial flows and tax issues for Wem gehört die Stadt, a project of the Rosa-Luxemburg Foundation and for Netzwerk Steuergerechtigkeit, a German network of NGO´s. He has worked as a forensic investigator with KPMG AG, as advisor to the European Parliament´s budget committee and as a Fellow with Teach First. Trautvetter holds a Master of Public Policy from Hertie School of Governance and a BA (Philosophy& Economics) from Bayreuth, Germany.

The workshop is free of admission and the number of participants is limited to 30. Booking is essential.
Registration: Link
Please make sure to attend the tour if you confirm your availability. If you can´t attend, please inform us so we give your place to another participant from the waitlist.

Language: English

Meeting point: Potsdamer Platz (exact details about the meeting point will be shared upon registration). The tour starts at: 12:30
Meeting point: Potsdamer Platz (exact details will be shared upon registration)
10785 Berlin
Zeit 29.03.2020, 12:30 - 15:30 Uhr