Berlin's Brandenburg Gate
October 3 marked the 25th anniversary of East and West Germany reuniting. Although Germany was able to merge two systems into one, huge differences remain between the East and West. The Berlin Institute for Population and Development Study concluded that half of Germans think there are more differences than commonalities between Easterners and Westerners.
For instance, the West is still much richer than the East. Of the 20 most prosperous cities only one, Jena, is in the East. Also, the East's productivity as late as 2012 was just 73% that of the West's.
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