Berlin right now is plastered with photos of smiling faces, candidates for the local parliamentary elections. Everywhere you look, you see images of men and women, older and younger people, Germans with African, Asian and Latino roots, gay and straight people, disabled and able-bodied.
This election is the first time many of the refugees who came to Berlin last year will experience a real electoral process where everyone is equal.
The refugees can’t vote, of course, but it is a good experience for the many who have never never experienced an election before.
Many of the people who have come here fleeing war and poverty in their countries are hungry to learn from Germany. Among the things they admire is the way it managed to rebuild itself after World War II.