Disastrous Public Works Projects A History of Political Deception in Germany

Berlin's airport debacle is turning into what seems like a never-ending scandal, with critics worrying the capital city has seriously damaged its image. But it's not the only place in Germany that has seen projects plagued by delays and exploding costs.
Hamburg's iconic Elbphilharmonie will cost almost double what was originally planned.

Hamburg's iconic Elbphilharmonie will cost almost double what was originally planned.

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An aerial photo of the construction site of the new BND headquarters in Berlin

An aerial photo of the construction site of the new BND headquarters in Berlin

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Construction workers inside the Leipzig City Tunnel: Will they complete building this year?

Construction workers inside the Leipzig City Tunnel: Will they complete building this year?

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After a series of construction errors, no date has been given yet for the opening of Berlin's new international airport.

After a series of construction errors, no date has been given yet for the opening of Berlin's new international airport.

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At least €2.3 billion in cost overruns are creating problems for the Stuttgart 21 train station project in the city of the same name.

At least €2.3 billion in cost overruns are creating problems for the Stuttgart 21 train station project in the city of the same name.

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Hamburg's Elbphilharmonie concert hall was supposed to open in 2010. Now it will stage its first concerts in 2017 at the earliest.

Hamburg's Elbphilharmonie concert hall was supposed to open in 2010. Now it will stage its first concerts in 2017 at the earliest.

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The construction site of Cologne's new north-south subway line.

The construction site of Cologne's new north-south subway line.

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Munich is planning a second tunnel through the city center to help relieve a bottleneck of S-Bahn commuter trains.

Munich is planning a second tunnel through the city center to help relieve a bottleneck of S-Bahn commuter trains.

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Current financing for Berlin's Stadtschloss palace doesn't even include funding for the historically accurate reconstruction of the structure's cupola.

Current financing for Berlin's Stadtschloss palace doesn't even include funding for the historically accurate reconstruction of the structure's cupola.

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