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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.

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...


Mayors Attack Solidarity Pact: Poor Western Cities Fed Up with Funding East

Mayors Attack Solidarity Pact: Poor Western Cities Fed Up with Funding East

SPIEGEL ONLINE - March 20, 2012

Closed swimming pools, potholed streets, run-down buildings. Many western German cities, especially in the industrial Ruhr rust belt, are looking worse for wear after years of neglect in which they've had to transfer billions funds to help rebuild the former communist east. Now their mayors want to stop paying. more...

Intolerable Stench: Confronting the Threat of Industrial Pig Farms

Intolerable Stench: Confronting the Threat of Industrial Pig Farms

SPIEGEL ONLINE - January 20, 2012

Tourists are increasingly discovering the rural charms of northern Germany. But with industrial pig breeding operations moving in, that charm may soon be destroyed by the stench of swine slurry. Locals are up in arms -- but factory farming may be the region's last chance to create jobs. By Markus Deggerich more...


A Vision in Concrete: Photographer Captures Beauty in Communist Architecture

A Vision in Concrete: Photographer Captures Beauty in Communist Architecture

SPIEGEL ONLINE - July 29, 2011

The photographer Roman Bezjak spent five years traveling around Eastern Europe taking pictures of communist-era buildings. His images show grand gestures in concrete and weird constructions that could be in a science-fiction movie. His intention was not to judge the structures, but to show them from a new perspective. By Benjamin Maack more... Comment ]

Swapping Combat Boots for the Preppy Look: Report Warns of Neo-Nazis Disguised as Boy Next Door

Swapping Combat Boots for the Preppy Look: Report Warns of Neo-Nazis Disguised as Boy Next Door

SPIEGEL ONLINE - July 01, 2011

The latest annual report on extremism in Germany suggests that neo-Nazis have swapped the skinhead look for a boy-next-door image, making it harder to identify right-wing extremists. Although overall extremist crime is down, the tendency towards violence is increasing -- within both the far left and right. By Sebastian Fischer more... Comment ]