[Marxism] One in seven Germans want Berlin Wall back?

Adam Richmond adambrichmond at yahoo.com
Fri Sep 18 09:54:37 MDT 2009

Long Live the Anti-Fascist Barricade?
One in seven Germans want Berlin Wall back?


Thu Sep 17, 2:19 pm ET

BERLIN (Reuters) – One in seven Germans want the Berlin Wall
back because they were better off when the country was divided, according to an
opinion poll published on Wednesday ahead of the 20th anniversary of its
collapse on November 9, 1989.

The survey of 1,002 Germans by the Forsa institute published
in Stern magazine said 15 percent of the country's 82 million long for the days
when there were two Germanys. Some 16 percent pining for the Wall were
westerners and 10 percent easterners.

The survey found that many westerners are bitter about
higher taxes to pay for rebuilding the formerly communist east, where some 1.2
trillion euros ($1,762 billion) worth of state funds has been transferred in
the last 20 years.

Eastern Germans are unhappy about income levels that are on
average only 80 percent of western levels and that due to higher unemployment
depopulation is decimating parts of the east, where the population has declined
by about two million since 1990.

The poll found 55 percent of Germans believe unification
could be helped if a "solidarity tax" to help fund the costs of
rebuilding were abolished while 50 percent believe higher pensions for
easterners would help ease east-west tensions.

(Reporting by Caroline Copley; Editing by Louise Ireland)


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