Berlin today: A quarter century after unification

November 6, 2014 4:12 PM

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Berlin today: A quarter century after unification

It's been 25 minutes at least since we got on the U-Bahn in Berlin's Mitte district, and still the subway stops keep coming -- Potsdamer Platz, Gleisdreieck, Bülowstrasse. Why is this taking so long? It never took this long to get around before.

That's because "before" was more than a quarter century ago, when the Berlin I knew was half the size it is today. You know, in the days of the infamous Wall, which cleft the occupied city in two. Berlin was West Berlin back then. And that other half-city, over the wall? That was East Berlin -- gray...

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