Not many politicians can say they have coined a phrase that has captured the public’s imagination. But Berlin’s entertaining mayor, Klaus Wowereit, can claim two.
His personal declaration, “I’m gay, and that’s a good thing,” and his unofficial city motto “Berlin is poor, but sexy,” have been quoted time and again. And that will remain the case, even now that the German capital’s political aphorist has announced that he will resign this December.
But that’s probably the most positive thing that can be said about the 13 years the Social Democrat spent in office. The party is over, and now there’s a big hangover. Mr. Wowereit’s political performance – which produced a steady dose of fun for our entertainment-craving society – eventually failed to titillate anyone anymore.