A slim chance to make itMonday, October 22, 2007 at 4:41 | Posted in Germany | Leave a comment
What have Marlene Dietrich, Claus Schenk Graf von Stauffenberg, Albert Einstein,Bertolt Brecht and Willy Brandt in common, other than being of German origin, of course? All of these names have been suggested to be given to a major international airport under construction in Berlin. As Spiegel On Line International reports, the airport is not going to be opened for another four years but local politicians are already having hot arguments about its name:
At a memorial celebration for Brandt on Wednesday in Berlin, lawmaker Michael Müller said naming the airport after Brandt would be appropriate because Brandt was associated with Berlin but had an international profile.
Of course, he was also a Social Democrat, like Müller himself. Rivals from the Christian Democrats lost no time suggesting other names, like Einstein, Dietrich and von Stauffenberg.
At least they started the quarrel early. Given the German thoroughness, also known as die Deutsche Gründlichkeit, the dispute still has a slim chance to be settled before the airport is to be opened.