Nearly three decades after the fall of the Berlin Wall another barrier is being built to separate the residents of a German city.
The Munich wall is higher than the structure that became the symbol of a divided nation. It is intended to shield local residents from a refugee hostel.
While the official reason for the barrier was noise prevention, the Suddeutsche Zeitung pointed out yesterday that only 3km away there was another asylum centre for 200 refugees. That one is screened from the adjacent eight-lane motorway by a similar wall, although this anti-noise barrier is only 3m high.
The difference in size has led critics of the Neuperlach wall to suggest that it is as much about protecting house prices and fears of encountering refugees as it is about protecting residents from noise.
hat-tip Stephen Neil