It was only after the fall of the wall that most people in the west realized how much the former East Germany was in disrepair. Reunification also meant rebuilding. Lots of money went into renovating the cities.
Dresden is one of Europe’s most beautiful baroque cities. It’s called the Florence on the Elbe. Among its landmarks is the re-built Church of Our Lady, a monument calling for peace and reconciliation.
Germans are abandoning small villages for larger cities — and nowhere more so than in the former Communist east. Politicians say that they'll help, but property in rural eastern areas is going for a song.
An installation made of three disused buses had sparked a heated debate in Dresden last February: The unusual peace memorial by a Syrian-born artist will be set up in front of the Brandenburg Gate for two weeks.
Rain and technical issues dampened a demonstration in Dresden to mark the third anniversary of the anti-Islam movement PEGIDA. Thousands of others held a counter-demonstration "for a Dresden without racism."
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