No Paved Way for Naming Berlin Street after Reagan
Byline: Sumi Somaskanda, SPECIAL TO THE WASHINGTON TIMES
BERLIN -- n this once-divided city where Ronald Reagan famously challenged the Soviet Union to tear down this wall, a proposal to rename a public square or street in his honor has sparked heated debate over the U.S. president's role in Germany's recent past.
Ahead of the Feb. 6 centennial of Reagan's birth, German Defense Minister Karl-Theodor zu Guttenberg surprised many here when he called on Berlin to pay tribute to the former U.S. president by renaming a square Ronald-Reagan-Platz.
Naming a street after such a great honorary citizen would be very welcome, Mr. Guttenberg told the German daily newspaper Bild in December.
However, his suggestion has proved to be complicated. The Berlin Senate passed along Mr. Guttenberg's call to the city's 12 districts, which hold the power to name streets and squares.
The first response came from the …
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