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Berliner brief

East Berlin wins the battle of the airports. And Schröder's reforms are more radical than most people realise - especially for the long-term unemployed

By Hugh Williamson   July 2004

Goodbye Tempelhof Summer in Berlin. The Turkish community is out in force with elaborate barbecues in the Tiergarten, and the city’s eight open air cinemas are doing good business. Sadly no Love Parade this year (Berlin is too broke), but as compensation, everyone is heading down to the “Moma in Berlin” modern art exhibition at the New National Gallery on Potsdamer Platz. Since opening in February, the show, with 200 paintings borrowed from New York’s Museum of Modern Art has become one of Germany’s most popular ever, with queues winding twice around the glass gallery. The organisers have even adopted…

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