How broke Berlin is creaking under the strain of surge in population | WHAT REALLY HAPPENED

How broke Berlin is creaking under the strain of surge in population

The heavily indebted German capital has been on an austerity drive for the last 15 years, leaving some public services in a shamble.

While its lush parks and relatively low cost of living make the city an attractive place to call home, encounters with city authorities are often a different story.

As the last revellers stagger out of the clubs at 5.00 am and road sweepers begin doing their rounds, Alichan Terbulatov has already been queueing for hours outside the civil service office of central Berlin's Mitte district.

"It's a total farce. I got here at one in the morning" to get a birth certificate, the father of three told AFP.

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