Johann Dudek was one of the very few people who ran a private company in the final years of the German Democratic Republic. Thirty years after the fall of the Berlin wall, he reflects on his career.
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 of them 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.
Six weeks after the fall of the Berlin Wall in 1989, Helmut Kohl went to Dresden. The enthusiastic reception he received there became a demonstration for a rapid German reunification.
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.
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