Too Picky Is Germany's Apartment Shortage a Myth?

For Chancellor Merkel and her opponents, the housing shortage in many German cities is becoming a campaign issue as elections draw closer. Often, though, it is picky renters who are to blame for the problem: They're only willing to live in trendy neighborhoods.
Students in Hamburg's Schanzenviertel neighborhood protest against high rent prices.

Students in Hamburg's Schanzenviertel neighborhood protest against high rent prices.

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