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Airport debacle ignites concern for 'Made in Germany' brand

Published on Jan 13, 2013 3:25 PM

BERLIN (AFP) - Germany is concerned that its fabled international reputation for efficiency may have taken a blow from a catalogue of delays dogging major projects, especially the new Berlin airport.

"It's bad for our good image," the spokesman for Germany's Association for Electrical, Electronic and Information Technologies, Walter Boermann, told AFP after the latest in a series of setbacks for the ill-fated future hub.

He worried that for German manufacturers eyeing contracts for major infrastructure projects in big Asian cities, near daily reports about problems with building works could tarnish the "Made in Germany" brand.

Berlin's mayor said last week the opening of the capital's new main airport would have to be postponed from October indefinitely after several previous delays due to a series of technical issues.

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