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From rags to riches: 'poor but sexy' Berlin sheds its skin

Post re-unification Berlin has become a symbol of German open-mindedness, liberalism and alternative lifestyles. In the aftermath of the collapse of

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From rags to riches: 'poor but sexy' Berlin sheds its skin

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Post re-unification Berlin has become a symbol of German open-mindedness, liberalism and alternative lifestyles.

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"Berlin is poor, but sexy. That's the whole point of Berlin. It really is poor, look at any other capital in Europe and you will see that they are different to Berlin"

In the aftermath of the collapse of the wall, curious visitors arrived in droves to visit a city that had been divided for decades and appeared mysterious and perhaps even a little forbidding.

Many liked the free-thinking, anything-goes attitude they found there. This atmosphere was fostered by a new optimistic spirit and a plentiful supply of vacant buildings, which quickly became art workshops, theatres, clubs and generally cool places to hang out. Rent was cheap, or even non-existent, and times were good.

But then the money started to flow in and everything changed. In this edition of Reporter, euronews’ Patrick Wauthier takes a trip around the German capital and meets residents with mixed views on changes that are transforming its character and driving up rents.

Watch the video to find out more.