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German Chancellery Has Cracks in Concrete, Rust, Bild Says

December 28, 2011

Dec. 28 (Bloomberg) -- Angela Merkel’s 10-year-old chancellery in Berlin has cracks in its concrete, rusting metal on its roof edges and moss disfiguring its facade, Bild-Zeitung reported.

Cracked concrete in the building’s underground parking garage will have to be repaired, while the rusting roof and moss don’t pose any threat, the newspaper cited an unnamed German government spokesman as saying.

Bild said the chancellery, which was completed in 2001, has been a “permanent construction site” with repairs to the facade in 2007 and the replacement of glass in roof windows and their insulation in 2008.

The design of the building, chosen by Chancellor Helmut Kohl who led Germany from 1982 to 1998, has earned it the nicknames of the Elephant Toilet and the Washing Machine, Bild said.

--Editors: Andrew Blackman, Ross Larsen.

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