As a professor in Berlin, I can attest that the present budget crisis is painful ("So much for Berlin's dream of glory," International Business, Apr. 22). My research budget is down. Overall, the outlook is less favorable than when I arrived from the U.S. two years ago.
Your writer, however, appears to have been in Germany long enough to learn to see a glass half-full as half-empty. Berlin is a city in motion, where hardly a subway, street, or building is not being rebuilt. It is an exciting time to live here, and I remain confident that the investment being made will continue to pay off long after this crisis is forgotten.
W. Ted Masselink