What’s that? I live in Berlin.
Asked which region in Europe has been the absolute worst at realizing its economic potential, most people probably wouldn’t name Berlin. The German capital isn’t just nice to live in, it’s throbbing with excitement; a startup is reportedly created here every 20 minutes, and if you leave for a night out, you risk not coming back for a week. But according to a study of the economic performance of European regions, Berlin is indeed the worst.
What is more important: productivity or a city’s peculiar, esoteric feel? Berlin is one of the places where this question is especially poignant.