Google Builds Web of Influence in Berlin

Berlin’s famous boulevard, Unter den Linden, is a coveted address for lobbyists in the German capital. The Bertelsmann Foundation has an office there, as do Deutsche Bank and the pharmaceutical group GlaxoSmithKline. Their offices exude sophistication, and the only time male employees would show up without a tie is on casual Fridays, if then.Things are a little different inside the building at Unter den Linden 14. There, the carpeting has a colorful checked pattern, little robots stare out from a glass case, and the conference rooms are named after hip Berlin clubs like Panorama Bar and Watergate. Snapshots of grimacing employees are displayed on the outside of a photo booth.

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