The left-wing political mayday festival in Berlin-Kreuzberg normally ends in a violent clash between extremists and the police. This year Punch'n'Cuddle was introduced from early in the day between police and demonstrators to see whether its presence would help to soak up the usual violence and assist in channelling the more positive emotions. The result: The 2012 event was by far the most peaceful 1 May festival in its 25-year history.