30 years after reunification, the German government sees great progress in harmonizing living conditions in East Germany.
This was announced by the Eastern Commissioner Marco Wanderwitz (CDU) at the presentation of the annual report on the status of German unity.
"There is still work to be done," said Wanderwitz, but with a view to economic differences that continue to exist.
The report of the federal government shows that the economic power of the new federal states has quadrupled since reunification.
ARD capital city
studio quoted from the report, the economic power is currently 79.1 percent.
According to this, the disposable household income in eastern Germany reached 88.3 percent of the national average. As the
studio reports, Wanderwitz sees progress especially in the infrastructure in the new
There has also been very good progress in aligning productivity, wage and pension levels and incomes.
However, according to the report, there is still a lack of economically strong regions with a high density of jobs, which are mainly offered by larger, research-intensive and internationally oriented companies.
Wanderwitz still sees "structural problems"
In addition, the Eastern Commissioner has called for further efforts to strengthen democracy in the new federal states.
There are still "structural problems," said Wanderwitz.
This is particularly evident in right-wing extremism, which is even more pronounced in the new federal states.
Wanderwitz called this a "construction site for us as a civil society".
At the 30th anniversary of German unity on October 3, Wanderwitz drew a largely positive balance.
There is more in common than what divides.
Germany has become more similar in many areas, even if there are still "measurable and visible" differences in income and employment opportunities, for example.
Life achievements should be appropriately recognized
It remains important for the Federal Government to counter all tendencies towards the transfiguration and trivialization of the GDR, say the cabinet conclusions on the annual report.
"The coming to terms with the SED dictatorship and its consequences is still necessary today for an all-German self-image that includes the suffering of the victims and is based on an unreserved commitment to freedom, democracy and the rule of law."
At the same time, the lifetime achievements of many citizens should be properly recognized.
With a view to the celebrations for the 30th anniversary of the unification, Wanderwitz appealed to "bring the feeling of happiness of reunification back to mind".
Life is good in Germany and living conditions have steadily improved.