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After decades of quietly selling fruit and vegetables, a family-run Turkish grocery shop has become the unlikely flashpoint in a Berlin culture war pitting a neighborhood against property developers.Caliskan's humble "Bizim Bakkal" (Our Grocery) opened 28 years ago, in the days when the Cold War split Germany's biggest city in two and Kreuzberg was a gritty working-class district in the shadow of the Berlin Wall.Today millions flock every year to the bars, techno clubs and shisha cafes of one of Berlin's trendiest areas, which hosts all-night dance parties and an annual Carnival of Cultures event and, uniquely in Berlin, has directly elected a Green Party lawmaker to parliament.Although Berlin rents and property costs are still far lower than in Paris and London, they have shot up recently, rising 46 percent across the city between 2009 and 2015, and by 54 percent in Kreuzberg during the same six years.Berlin recently introduced caps for annual rent hikes – but this won't help the family because it doesn't apply to brand-new or extensively renovated buildings.
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