Berlin stays cool under capitalism

The German capital is a city divided by style, says Sue Chester, with an address in the east now considered über-fashionable.

It’s now 25 years since the German Democratic Republic (GDR) held its first free elections, ending the split between East and West Berlin and unifying the city after decades of division.

During that time, West Berlin’s neon ads shone capitalism across the Wall and over the East’s 50 shades of beige. In the past 25 years, the city’s east-west division has been turned upside down, with neighbourhood dynamics changing.