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Return of Berlin Wall? 2005-03-27

Posted by clype in Intolerance, Statistics.
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Nearly a quarter of western Germans and 12 per cent of easterners want the Berlin Wall back — more than 15 years after the fall of the barrier that split Germany during ‘The Cold War’, according to a survey.

The results of the poll, published on Saturday 2005-03-26, reflected die-hard animosities over high re-unification costs lowering western standards of living and economic turmoil in the east. The survey of 2 000 Germans by ‘The Free University of Berlin’ and pollsters ‘Forsa’ found 24 per cent of those living in western Germany want The Wall back — double the eastern level. In Berlin itself, 11 per cent of westerners and 8 per cent of easterners said ‘yes’ when asked:

‘Would it be better if the Wall between East and West were still standing?’.

The Berlin Wall was breached on1989-11-09, paving the way for the unification of Communist East Germany with the West on 1990-10-03. But thousands of millions of Euros spent rebuilding the east have failed to prop up the depressed region, which is plagued by high unemployment and a shrinking population.

The poll also found that 47 per cent of the easterners agree with the statement that The West ‘acquired the east like a colony’, while 58 per cent of the westerners back the statement that ‘easterners tend to wallow in self-pity’.

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