BERLIN MAYOR DIEPGEN CASTS HIS VOTE IN BERLIN.
Berlin's Mayor and Christian Democratic Party (CDU) top candidate for the Berlin state elections Eberhard Diepgen (R) and his wife Monika casts their votes in Berlin October 10. About 2.4 million citizens of Berlin are asked to vote the new state parliament. The Social Democrats of German Chancellor Gerhard Schroeder face another defeat in a state election on Sunday when voters in the capital, Berlin, cast ballots for a new legislature. Unpopular austerity measures, frustration over the Schroeder government's zigzag course and an inept local campaign have combined to push the SPD to a distant second in Berlin behind the conservative Christian Democrats in opinion surveys.