Germany’s Small Business Owners Fight To Survive Amid Fears Of A Wave Of Insolvency

BERLIN — Since 1913, beer from the tap of the Metzer Eck pub has flowed through two World Wars, a flu pandemic and the Soviet occupation of East Berlin, which came and went over mere decades of the establishment’s history.

Through 108 years of turmoil, four generations of the same family have kept this pub going in the German capital’s Kollwitz neighborhood, serving its trademark sauerkraut and schnitzel alongside countless pints of local pilsner. But it all came to a halt last year, when government-ordered lockdowns forced pub owner Sylvia Falkner to shut the doors for the first time to help curb coronavirus infections.

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