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Commentary: Berlin's Chaotic Allure

By Jack Ewing

Munich is overpriced, Frankfurt is straitlaced, and Stuttgart is provincial. Berlin, Germany's capital again after half a century, is wide open--a city where the newly elected mayor's homosexuality is a non-issue and thousands of teenagers dance half-naked through the streets during the annual Love Parade. Berlin is to Germany what New York is to the U.S.--a creative cauldron that sometimes offends but provides a crucial antidote to conformity.