German airport opening delayed

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The Independent Online

A fifth postponement of the opening of Berlin's new international airport has tarnished Germany's reputation for efficiency and threatens the career of the Mayor, Klaus Wowereit.

Already 20 years in the planning, the €4.3bn (£3.5bn) Willy Brandt International Airport has had to push back its opening to 2014. The delays were caused by red tape and problems with the fire-safety system.