Three years later and they're still not done dismantling the old East Berlin palace

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Around a dozen people are crammed onto the bridge by the River Spree, pointing their cameras through the fence, determined to catch a glimpse of the huge building site where the Palace of the Republic once stood.

"It's a disgrace that they're tearing down the Palace of the Republic, it's an expression of political superiority after the reunification of Germany," one old man said.

"They're destroying a powerful symbol of Berlin's history," he added.

After years of heated debate about the building's future, even today, feelings are running high.

The demolition work started in February 2006 and it has cost at least 30m euros (£26m; $40m).

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