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.