It was seen as essential to raise eastern German living standards. Social benefits - about 65 % - made up the lion's share of the money, while €300 billion was spent on infrastructure.
The government’s commissioner for eastern German affairs says she’s worried about increasing xenophobia and sluggish economic growth in the former East Germany.
More and more people are moving to Germany's former East, turning a decades-old trend on its head. But it seems only big cities are benefiting, at the expense of rural areas.
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