Thiess Büttner, 03 November 2006

Written March 2006: Despite its claim to be ‘sexy but poor’, Berlin’s request for a federal handout was refused by the German Constitutional Court. The tighter conditions on federal assistance should ‘harden’ the Lander budget constraints. If they don’t, Berlin may reappear in the Constitutional Court with fiscal problems so severe that the city is not sexy anymore.


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