German reunification was meant to bring new prosperity to eastern Germany. To help it catch up to the west economically, after reunification, billions in subsidies flowed eastwards, also to Saxony-Anhalt. What have they caused?
As Germany negotiates a new government, pressure is growing to ax a tax for special economic aid to the formerly communist East. Are Germans tired of paying reunification costs, even as the eastern economy lags behind?
A new report on the status of German unity debated by cabinet ministers comes as a warning against demographic developments in the eastern part of the nation. The population there is aging and shrinking.
The government’s commissioner for eastern German affairs says she’s worried about increasing xenophobia and sluggish economic growth in the former East Germany.
Investigators in Germany have reenacted the death of Oury Jalloh, a Sierra Leonean who police claim set himself alight in a cell while his hands were shackled. Campaigners are convinced he was murdered.
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