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The Shambolic Search for Berlin's Next Mayor

Nice office but a tough job.
  • Why it matters

    Why it matters

    Berlin needs a new major. The deadline for nominations is September 15 but so far the process has not been taken very seriously.

  • Facts


    • Klaus Wowereit, a social democrat, recently announced he will retire in December. He has been Berlin’s mayor since 2001.
    • During his time in office, Mr. Wowereit, or “Wowi”, oversaw construction of a new city airport, which has been repeatedly delayed.
    • The SPD has the mayoral seat for Berlin and is now casting around for new candidates to replace Mr. Wowereit.
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Berlin needs a new mayor now that Klaus Wowereit has resigned. There is no shortage of candidates lining up for the job, some of them hotshots, some of them loons, all of them full of ideas for the city.  And full of warm feelings towards the Social Democratic Party, or SPD, which would assign them this star role.

They’re not likely to neglect their own interests either. Take Dietmar Arnold, for example. He is keen to be considered as Wowereit’s successsor, and, as head of a group that researches the underworld of metros, tunnels and sewers beneath the city, he may have just the right background for the job.

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