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Berlin in political dog fight over airport chaos

  • calendar 13-Sep-2017
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Berlin in political dog fight over airport chaos

Berlin's scandal-plagued BER airport project, now delayed five years with no opening date in sight, has become the laughing stock of Germany, but things are about to get more complicated.As the six-billion-euro ($7.2 billion) white elephant sits empty, marred by cascading technical problems, momentum is building to keep open the smaller Tegel airport it is meant to replace.A relic of Berlin's Cold War division, Tegel, or TXL, with its 1970s-era hexagonal terminal complex, has seen better days, but is popular for its convenient location in the city's northwest.Now an initiative to "Save Tegel" has sparked a bitter political dog fight, pitting fans of the city airport against some 300,000 residents who dream of a life without the roar of passenger jets above


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