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Merkel looks at ways to tackle Germany's east/west disparities

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  1. mr_shadow Minister of State Security Moderator

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    German Chancellor Angela Merkel on Sunday said government subsidies were needed to address lingering disparities in the quality of life in the states of former Communist East Germany and West Germany 28 years after unification.

    In a video webcast, Merkel said the government needed to look at ways to address the structural differences that would remain after a solidarity tax introduced in 1990 to support poorer eastern states runs out at the end of 2019.

    "We continually have to ask how we can balance systemic, structural differences between east and west in the area of research, in regard to the headquarters of large companies, and in the field of structural unemployment," Merkel said. She gave no details about specific programmes.

    Merkel, who grew up in former East Germany, will discuss the issue when she meets with the premiers of the five former east German states on Wednesday.

    "28 years after unification, we've accomplished a lot, but there is always a need for such meetings," Merkel said.

    In a statement releasing Merkel's comments, her office said, "The federal government wants to use a programme of subsidies to help ensure equal living standards in all of Germany."

    Merkel said in the webcast that per capita gross domestic product in the former east was now around 73 percent of the level seen in the west, and tax revenues were also uneven. Pensions were around 96 percent of the western level, but would not reach 100 percent until July 2024, she said.

    Merkel's conservatives and the centre-left Social Democrats, both worried by a rightward lurch in September's national elections, have agreed to focus more on addressing structural disparities in the former east, and other structurally weak parts of Germany.

    The anti-immigrant populist Alternative for Germany (AfD) party made big gains in the eastern states in the September national elections that gave the party seats in parliament for the first time, making it the first far-right party to win seats in the lower house since the 1950s.

    In the eastern state of Saxony, for instance, the AfD was the overall winner, even beating Merkel's conservatives.

    Pensions have been a particularly sore point, especially for those in the east, with many worried that their pensions could be affected given the influx of more than a million migrants since 2015.

     
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    Its funny would most of the foreign immigrants even move to East Germany. All the jobs are West Germany right.
     
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    Well since the capital is in East Germany obv. not all the jobs, but yeah, kinda frustrating how long it takes to equalize the two halves.

    Russian occupation is hard to shake off.
     
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    Just out of curiosity, which half do you live in?
     
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    Yeah but Berlin is kinda of special exception due to being split in half by the USA and Russia so I don' really count it as showing that the East half of Germany is not weak. Berlin artificially inflates the average.
     
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    East Berlin family background, which is not really the 'East' experience. Hell, even under occupation Berlin was the easiest place to smuggle western media and goods into.
     
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    Also I'd say you guys probably had it good compared to other Communist countries. The living standard in East Germany must have been light-years ahead of, say, Vietnam or Mongolia. Or even most of the Soviet Union itself.
     
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