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DER TAGESSPIEGEL (meaning THE DAILY MIRROR; motto: "rerum cognoscere causas ", or "to know the causes of things") is a German daily newspaper . It has regional correspondent offices in Washington D.C. and Potsdam
Potsdam
. It is the only major newspaper in the capital to have increased its circulation—now 148,000—since reunification .

HISTORY AND PROFILE

Founded on 27 September 1945 by Erik Reger, Walther Karsch, and Edwin Redslob the Tagesspiegel's main office is based in Berlin
Berlin
at Askanischer Platz in the district of Friedrichshain-Kreuzberg
Friedrichshain-Kreuzberg
, less than a mile from Potsdamer Platz and the former location of the Berlin Wall .

For more than 45 years, Der Tagesspiegel
Der Tagesspiegel
was owned by an independent trust . In 1993, in response to an increasingly competitive publishing environment, and to attract investments required for technical modernization, such as commission of a new printing plant, and improved distribution, it was bought by the Georg von Holtzbrinck Publishing Group . Its current publisher is Dieter von Holtzbrinck with editors in chief Stephan-Andreas Casdorff and Lorenz Maroldt (de). Lorenz Maroldt was noted for using the unfortunate phrase 'entartete' (degenerated) Werkstatt der Kulturen, when describing a multi-ethnic cultural institution in Berlin. Pierre Gerckens, Giovanni di Lorenzo
Giovanni di Lorenzo
and Hermann Rudolph are editors of the newspaper. Some of the notable writers include Bas Kast
Bas Kast
and Harald Martenstein
Harald Martenstein
.

The paper's main readership is in the western half of the city, due to the 1948 blockade having stopped its circulation in East Berlin
Berlin
and