Berlin Wall

NEWS via BBC News: Does the Berlin Wall still exist?

September 27, 2013 // 0 Comments

Does the Berlin Wall still exist? By Stephen Evans BBC News, Berlin If you are wondering whether the two halves of Germany are becoming truly one nearly a quarter of a century after the country was officially unified, just have a look at the map of voting patterns in Berlin. The picture is stark: the former route of the Berlin Wall divides the city into voting choices. In the constituencies of the East, voters chose Die Linke (The Left party), descended from the old communist party. In the West, they voted for the Social Democrats and the Christian Democrats (CDU), both formerly West German parties. In a few locales in the centre of Berlin, on either side of what was the Wall, the Greens came out on top – and closer examination reveals these to be areas which have been gentrified heavily, with large numbers of young, professional incomers. The map only takes account of votes in constituencies. Germans had two votes – one for a local candidate and a second for the party [...]
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