Let The Christmas Cheer Begin!

New fortified security measures at Berlin Christmas market.

Christmas

All week, workers have been installing 160 giant, square, lattice-work frames on the perimeter of Charlottenburg’s Breitscheidplatz, the site of the fatal attack.

Enormous sand-and-stone-filled bags have been lowered into each frame, which have all been bolted to the next to form a long row. Narrow access points have been protected with extra bollards.

During the market, private guards will patrol the grounds, joined by a heavy presence of uniformed and plainclothes police officers.

The Berlin Senate has said the elaborate €2.5 million ($2.9 million) installation will provide “unprecedented protection” against trucks weighing up to 40 tons.

This reminds me of German oddity 234. Germany is a country that now places the ugly security controls, bollards and heavily armed police it used to have on its national borders at Christmas markets and Volksfeste around the country instead.

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  1. Changing the subject a little: Der Spiegel is after Boeing again. They are trashing the latest version of the 50 year old Boeing 737 as being a death trap. There was an air mishap in Indonesia where a new 737 went down, perhaps do to a software problem that may have confused the pilots.

    However, on your side of the Atlantic, Air France is not renewing their lease for 6 year-old Air Bus 380’s. The reason given is that the doubledecker airplane is too costly to fuel and operate compared to Boeing 777’s and 787 Dreamliners. This will put eight hardly used Air Bus 380’s on the used plane market, competing with factory new 380’s. Not good for the 380 program!

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