It’s been hit by billions in cost overruns and years of delays that have dented Germany’s global reputation for efficiency. Now, the troubled and still unfinished Berlin-Brandenburg Airport in Germany’s capital city is also plagued by corruption.
A former department head at the airport has admitted during the first day of his trial to accepting a €150,000 ($169,000) bribe from a contractor.
“I improperly received €150,000,” the 48-year-old, whose name is not being released to protect his privacy, told a court in the eastern city of Cottbus on Tuesday. “It was wrong,” he said.