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Economically Divided

The states of the former German Democratic Republic continue to struggle through economic and social woes following German reunification in 1990. A steady loss of talent and high unemployment have made eastern Germany fertile ground for right-wing extremism.

Benevolent Protector: Vattenfall Overpowers Coal Critics

Benevolent Protector: Vattenfall Overpowers Coal Critics

SPIEGEL ONLINE - October 31, 2013

Swedish energy giant Vattenfall dominates life in the Lausitz region of eastern Germany. Now it wants to expand its coal mining operations there -- but opposition to the plans is being drowned out by the company's importance to the local economy. By Sven Becker more... Comment ]

Goodbye Ossi: The Demise of Eastern German Identity

Goodbye Ossi: The Demise of Eastern German Identity

SPIEGEL ONLINE - August 30, 2013

For years following reunification, those from the communist east saw themselves as "eastern Germans." Now, more than two decades after the Berlin Wall fell, that identity is rapidly disappearing. East Germany is almost completely gone. An Essay by Stefan Berg more... Comment ]

The Little Germans: Alienation Still Divides East from West

The Little Germans: Alienation Still Divides East from West

SPIEGEL ONLINE - August 21, 2013

Almost 25 years after the Berlin Wall fell, a profound sense of otherness endures between residents on both sides of the former divide. Rather than trying to change or ignore this, both sides should simply accept it. A Commentary by Alexander Osang more... Comment ]

Deadly Side Effects: New Details Emerge in East German Drug Test Scandal

Deadly Side Effects: New Details Emerge in East German Drug Test Scandal

SPIEGEL ONLINE - May 14, 2013

Until the fall of the Wall, Western pharmaceutical companies conducted drug trials in East German hospitals. More than 50,000 patients served as subjects, often without their knowledge, and many died. The human experiments haven't been fully investigated to this day despite fresh evidence of wrongdoing. By Nicola Kuhrt and Peter Wensierski more... Comment ]

Poor in the City: Urban Poverty on the Rise in Germany

Poor in the City: Urban Poverty on the Rise in Germany

SPIEGEL ONLINE - November 14, 2012

Germany is weathering the economic crisis across Europe relatively well in comparison to its southern neighbors. Yet the prosperity appears to be leaving a large section of the country behind, as a recent study finds urban poverty to be growing at an alarming rate. more...

Dark Chapter in Rostock's History: Residents Dread 20th Anniversary of Racist Riot

Dark Chapter in Rostock's History: Residents Dread 20th Anniversary of Racist Riot

SPIEGEL ONLINE - August 22, 2012

This weekend marks the 20th anniversary of one of the darkest episodes in the history of postwar Germany, when hundreds of rioting neo-Nazis set ablaze an asylum-seekers' hostel in Rostock. Locals are tired of the onslaught of media attention, but many still live in fear of right-wing violence. By Rico Grimm in Rostock, Germany more... Video ]

Pig-Stall Politics: An Eastern German Mayor Stands Up to the Neo-Nazis

Pig-Stall Politics: An Eastern German Mayor Stands Up to the Neo-Nazis

SPIEGEL ONLINE - August 08, 2012

Germany's far-right National Democratic Party plans to hold a "festival" this weekend in the eastern German town of Pasewalk. But locals, led by the mayor, are trying to stop the neo-Nazi event. It is the first time the area's population has stood up to the extremists -- and it may turn out to be a losing battle. By Fabian Reinbold in Pasewalk, Germany more... Comment ]

Castles without Kings: Saving the Palaces of the German Hinterland

Castles without Kings: Saving the Palaces of the German Hinterland

SPIEGEL ONLINE - June 08, 2012

The landed gentry filled the northeastern German state of Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania with magnificent castles, manors and estates. But hundreds of them are now abandoned and falling apart. Will dreamers from the West come to the rescue? By Matthias Schulz more...

Setting Sun: Eastern Germany Hit Hard by Decline of Solar

Setting Sun: Eastern Germany Hit Hard by Decline of Solar

SPIEGEL ONLINE - April 27, 2012

The global solar industry has entered a brutal phase of consolidation and nowhere are the effects as dramatic as in eastern Germany. Several companies have already declared bankruptcy, leaving towns and cities in the region struggling with job losses and tax revenue shortfalls. The future bodes ill. By Charles Hawley more...

When the West's Not Best: Eastern Germany Welcomes Wave of Reverse Migration

When the West's Not Best: Eastern Germany Welcomes Wave of Reverse Migration

SPIEGEL ONLINE - April 26, 2012

Since reunification, people have been abandoning eastern Germany in search of jobs and a better life in the west. But many are now returning home. Homesickness is one reason, but improvements in the job market and quality of life are also attractive. By Maximilian Popp more...