The Fall of Communism
Years of communism in East Germany left the region far behind its western counterpart. Many citizens left eastern Germany because the border with the west opened, causing the youngest and most skilled to move there to find work. The east lost over 800,000 of its 17 million people, leaving the most unskilled citizens to rebuild the region.
The eastern factories were unable to compete in the global capitalist market, therefore many of them closed, causing widespread unemployment. To help the unemployment problem, the government has invested the equivalent of about one trillion U.S. dollars. Also, the government has been promoting investment in the east and sponsors programs to retain workers. Their industry has begun expanding, driving towards closing the gap between east and west.
Boehm, Richard G. World Geography and Cultures. Columbus, Ohio: Glencoe/McGraw-Hill, 2012. Print.
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