Germans divided on unity legacy 30 years after fall of Berlin Wall
As celebrations continue in the run-up to the 30th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall on November 9, a survey published Thursday revealed significant differences in how Germans today view the legacy of reunification.
According to the latest Deutschlandtrend report by political research firm Infratest Dimap, a majority of respondents in both western and eastern Germany said that reunification has brought personal advantages, although the results also indicate a negative shift in the east.
Some 60% of eastern Germans said there has been a positive change — a figure that dropped by 7% compared to responses ten years ago when the country was celebrating the 20th anniversary of the fall of the wall.
Positive responses from western Germans, on the other hand rose by five points up to 56% compared to answers from 2009.
The DeutschlandTrend survey participants were also asked whether life was better or worse today compared to the conditions in former East Germany, also known as the German Democratic Republic (GDR). Both western and eastern Germans overwhelmingly agreed that travel possibilities are much better now.