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Fall of Berlin Wall: From Easy Street to Skid Row

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Fall of Berlin Wall: From Easy Street to Skid Row


Twenty-five years after the fall of Berlin Wall, more and more Germans are looking to move to nearby Potsdam, a wealthy town on the outskirts of the capital.

While the home of the former royal summer residence is booming, other parts of the same state of Brandenberg in the former East Germany are not so lucky.

Despite billions of euros of investment following reunification in 1989, the rural state the size of Belgium is still struggling.

While unemployment has halved in the East over the past 10 years, in the town of Templin still has the highest jobless rate in Germany.

The East is catching up with the West, but the speed of growth has slowed over the past 10 years. In this rural part of Germany, a lack of infrastructure has led to fewer new companies opening up. An ageing population and a brain drain, particularly among the young, doesn’t help tempt large employers either.

Euronews explores how Brandenberg state is coping, 25 years after the fall of the Berlin Wall and the contrast between rich and poor.

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