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GERMANY SETS DATE FOR MOVING CAPITAL TO BERLIN

After agonizing for months over cost concerns and building delays in Berlin, Parliament's lower house Thursday set a summer 1999 date for its move to Germany's future capital.

The long-awaited decision should speed the government's transfer to Berlin from this quiet Rhine River town, a move Parliament narrowly approved soon after German unification in 1990.

Lawmakers have been increasing pressure on Parliament to make headway on the move, despite worries about the roughly $10.7 billion relocation cost and the symbolism of returning to the former capital of the Third Reich.

Berlin's Reichstag, set ablaze after the Nazis came to power and later a hulking ruin, is being remodeled as the lower chamber's new home by December 1998.

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