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Since the fall of the Iron Curtain, no other city in Europe has seen more change than the German capital. Two Berlins that had been separated for almost 30 years have become one, and in the scar of barren borderland between them, cutting-edge architecture, culture, entertainment, nightlife, and shopping make Berlin one of the world's hippest destinations. The new Berlin embraces a culturally promising but financially uncertain future. "Poor, but sexy," a line coined by Klaus Wowereit, the flamboyant mayor, is the city's state of mind. While unresolved social and financial problems linger, the city embraces its future as an international centre for avant-garde fashion, culture, art, and media, with a zeal rarely found in better-off cities.