Zicherie and Böckwitz came to symbolize the division of Germany. The adjacent villages were for decades separated by the inner-German border. Although it was opened in 1989, there are still significant differences between the two hamlets.
The collapse of East Germany in 1989 and its transition to a market economy in a reunited country left deep scars that are still visible in the form of industrial ruins. Some stubbornly refuse to disappear.
Uwe Rösler was 20 when the Berlin Wall fell, paving the way for German reunification on and off the football pitch. He recalls a tricky transition, as talent was headhunted and players learned new rules to an old game.
Under the scheme, people pay a subsidy to support the former East, which still lags behind the West economically. The solidarity tax will be mostly abolished from 2021.
Fewer eastern Germans feel reunification has been beneficial than was the case ten years ago, a new survey has found. A majority of Germans agreed, however, that travel opportunities and freedom of speech are better now.
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