Lingering East-West division in Germany highlighted by economic issues

This August marked 60 years since the Berlin Wall first went up, creating a physical barrier between East and West Germany. Despite the wall coming down nearly three decades later, a lagging economy in parts of the former East are creating new divisions.

Wages, unemployment, and GDP are lower in the former communist East Germany, compared to the West, according to a report released in 2019 by the Pew Research Center.

The report also cited data indicating lower productivity and standard of living for Germans in these states.

Economic issues have been deciding factors for German voters in previous elections. However, according to the Friedrich Ebert Stiftung, the top issues for the 2021 Bundestag election are environmental concerns and the COVID-19 pandemic.

The same survey showed 40 percent of German voters were still undecided the week of the election.

The views expressed in this blog do not necessarily reflect the views of KLTV/KTRE-TV or Gray Television. They are solely the opinion of the author. All content © Copyright 2021 Lane Luckie

What do you think? Leave a comment!

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s