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New national spy HQ to open a year late

The Local · 25 Jun 2012, 15:33

Published: 25 Jun 2012 15:33 GMT+02:00

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While problems with the fire safety systems forced the humiliating delay of the capital’s new airport, it is the ventilation system causing problems at the new spy centre, the government said on Monday.

The BND – Germany’s foreign intelligence service – was due to move from its base in Pullach near Munich to the enormous new-build centre in Berlin at the end of 2014, but that has now been officially put back by a year.

Around 170 people will start work in the new building at the end of the year, while construction work continues on the rest of the complex, with the rest of the around 2,000 staff now expected to move to the capital at the end of 2015.

The Berliner Morgenpost newspaper quoted BND president Gerhard Schindler saying he was, “regularly losing young new staff,” due to the delay. The uncertainty has meant, “they leave our authority and find themselves another employer,” he said.

The costs are also set to rise, as an initial estimate of €500 in 2003 shot up to around €1.3 billion since construction began, and rose further to around €1.55 billion according to an estimate in April.

Wolfgang Bosbach, head of the parliamentary domestic affairs committee said he expected the final bill to reach around €2 billion.

The project was hit with a significant and embarrassing setback last year when it was revealed that the building plans had gone missing, presumably stolen.

The city’s new Willy Brandt international airport should open in 2013 after an excruciating pull-back from this month’s opening date. But an exact date is no longer certain, it was admitted last week, while costs have also soared.

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16:39 June 25, 2012 by strahlungsamt
Bring back "Stadion der Weltjugend". Best DDR stadium ever.

What on Earth has happened to the Germans since Reunification? Once they were the envy of Europe with their efficiency and getting stuff done on time. Now they can't finish an airport, a hauptbahnhof or an intelligence service plus they totally wrecked the Berliner S-Bahn in 2009.

Then there's Guttenberg and a few others with their plagiarism and Wulff pocketing his charity donation. And these people are leading the EU?
18:06 June 25, 2012 by Eins Null
I'm with you Strahlungsamt. At least the S-Bahn is a bit better than under the DDR, I never previously knew trains, under the Bundesbahn, run anything but on time. You'd better hope they don't try to bring the BfV to Berlin as well. Or perhaps they could just use the Normanenstrasse. Can anyone living in Germany tell us both why there are all these new problems?
18:23 June 25, 2012 by Leo Strauss
Well, things change. Once upon a time there was no BND- it was just ol` Reinhard Gehlen`s Org. Back in those days the O.T. made sure that things got done. ;) Now, if you want to meet a schedule deadline in Germany you have to contract out the work to the Chinese. They can get things done with half the people in half the time. Funny that.

New BND building. What about the A4 tunnel in Jena? Or the Leipzig tunnel? These projects are like the Afghanistan mission. They stretch off into infinity.

Wat iss, Deutschland?
22:10 June 25, 2012 by Anth2305
From what I can see of the photo also incredibly ugly, compared to our own GCHQ it looks like something Albert Speer might have designed.
03:29 June 26, 2012 by MrPC
They should have built this thing next to Hamburg's own monstrosity, the Elb Philharmonie which is sensationally running way over budget and benefits the city's musicans not one bit. Like some other people the germans have way too much money or they would be more careful on how they spend it.
06:02 June 26, 2012 by DOZ
Wow! That's a lot of phones to bug. Can't have people speaking their mind.
07:05 June 26, 2012 by danamcmahon
the delay in part to what stolen building plans, I am sixty nine years old and little surprises me. They will have to walk about the halls with space helmets communicating aka the crises room.
13:02 June 26, 2012 by freechoice
Is Stasi coming back?
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