More than 25 years after German reunification, the federal government has drawn a sobering conclusion. The East still lags behind economically, and is experiencing an alarming surge in right-wing extremism.
Every year, the federal government issues a report on the state of Germany unity. The findings are not usually a cause for exuberant joy, and this year’s report, released Wednesday, is no exception.
The economic gap between East and West continues to close. But 26 years after reunification, the East’s economic performance is still more than a quarter below the level of Western states. Per capita gross domestic product, the report says, rose from 42.8 percent of the West’s in 1991, to 72.5 percent in 2015.
However, the report contains worse news – a rise in racially-motivated violence in East Germany.