DW-WORLD takes a closer look at current issues in eastern Germany.
Green light for the east
Eastern German state foreign ministers got a dressing down from the government for an alleged waste of Solidarity Pact funds, with Berlin rejecting their calls to relax the stipulations governing how the money is spent. (June 13, 2006)
With the notorious Rosewood File now lifting the lid on more Stasi subterfuge, experts on GDR sports argue that it's time former collaborators with East Germany's secret service were called to account. (May 30, 2005)
More than 160 athletes from the former East Germany are demanding compensation for the effects of performance-enhancing drugs they were made to take, often as children. The drugs have scarred or even ruined their lives. (June 29, 2005)
An east German businessman on Friday lost a copyright battle over the use of the former communist state's beloved traffic light symbol, the Ampelmännchen, to a souvenir entrepreneur from the west. (June 17, 2006)
Not even the former East Germany was spared when punk exploded in the late 1970s. But as a new exhibition shows, GDR punks had a very different agenda than that of their western counterparts. (Aug. 30, 2005)
East Germany discarded the socialist rule that all of its citizens were equal when it came to select schools. Only one such school remains. Could Germany learn from it? (July 26, 2005)
A new, private Berlin museum focuses on everyday life in East Germany. While some see the exhibition as an important part of coming to terms with the GDR, others feel that it plays down the brutality of a dictatorship. (July 18, 2006)
Much has been made of the East German roots of Angela Merkel, Christian Democratic Party head and possibly Germany's first female chancellor. But in the area she grew up in, she doesn't enjoy any hometown advantage. (Aug. 8, 2005)
A central location, government subsidies, financial security and low wages make former East Germany attractive to American investors. US companies are bringing funds and much needed jobs to the former communist region. (July 13, 2006)
A new comparative study ranking economic dynamism in Germany's federal states has put Saxony at the top of the list, setting it far apart from its eastern brethren, most of whose economies are barely limping along. (Oct. 8, 2005)
Germany was divided between 1945 and 1990. Exactly 70 years after the foundation of East Germany, and 30 years after the peaceful revolution that spelled its demise, that division remains palpable.
On October 9, 1989, over 70,000 people gathered in Leipzig calling for freedom and democracy — and security forces did not intervene. DW spoke to participants in the demonstration that led to the fall of the Berlin Wall.
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