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MIL OSI Translation. Region: Germany / Germany –

Source: CDU, CSU,

Madam President, Mr President, ladies and gentlemen! Ladies and gentlemen, 30 years ago, on 27. In September 1989, there were about 900 people in the Prague Embassy. You were there, fled to their departure to enforce. Three days later, there were already around 4 000 people, who stood in a confined space in the hope of a good solution. Then the dam broke. I think most of them in the house will remember the speech made by Mr Genscher on the balcony of the Embassy, with which he announced to the people the direct exit in the Federal Republic of Germany.

(Thomas L. Kemmerich (FDP): Good man!)

This was a heavy defeat for the GDR leadership and a milestone on the way to the Peaceful Revolution. A few days later, the Situation in the whole country cooked even more with the rebellion of courageous civil rights activists and more and more citizens of the GDR, first of all, on the large Demonstration in Plauen, but also in Leipzig on 9. October 30 years ago.

This was, of course, if you consider the historical context, such as the suppression of the civil rights movements in Eastern Europe, in Hungary, in Prague, at that time, still currently, in Beijing. The real existing socialism in the GDR had been ruined in the truest sense of the word – politically, economically, ecologically, socially, but also morally. Apparently, it was that all of the lofty claims could not be met.

Mr President, ladies and gentlemen, the following Association is today a hard-earned, but also a lived reality. Just as someone who has spent a large part of his Childhood on the farm of his grandparents, 50 meters in front of the 500-Meter fence, I say: The Peaceful Revolution and German unity are a lucky case of German history, we can today be grateful and with joy look back.

(Applause from the CDU/CSU and the SPD as well as from members of the FDP and ALLIANCE 90/THE GREENS)

The supposedly tenth-largest economy in the world was worn out, in truth, so completely. The actual situation was much worse than was suspected, even in the West. We have done a lot of that is the difference between East and West has become lower. And currently we have, both absolutely and relatively to the West, rising wages, salaries and pensions. In the East, we have, thanks to the economic development and the higher weighting of pensions today has the lowest old-age poverty in the country. Today, it can be in many Places, also not immediately say where the intra-German border ran. Not only the cities and villages, also the transport, energy and telecommunications infrastructures have been massively modernized and expanded and thus created the conditions for the economic strength of East Germany, has the of the West a steady convergence. Today, it is almost at the average for the European Union.

(Enrico Komning (AfD): Great Performance!)

Very important, I think, that the fear of unemployment has given way to. The unemployment rate in East Germany was 2015 to a peak of 19 percent in August of this year it stood at 6.4 percent. The new countries are today an attractive location for innovative companies and research institutions. Particularly in the area of environmental and energy technologies, we are represented in the new Federal States, good and strong. We have seen large companies and for two years, for the first Time since reunification, a positive net migration from West to East. Also, the most important issue for the Future, there is a clear positive result. In the East, more children are being born per woman than in the West. There are 21 percent of women with no children as in the West, but only 12 percent. I think this is a very strong Signal, how to assess the future viability of the Region.

(Applause from the CDU/CSU)

The objective results speak a clear language. The German unit is an impressive success story, but it was not just won in the first few years, easily. The process of transformation into a market economy with free markets has demanded of the people in East Germany a lot. For the majority of us have changed the circumstances completely. This has left a mark. Nevertheless, most of the citizens in the East with the economic Situation of today are satisfied. There are, however, quite a different side. I know that there are still today a part of the citizens is understood as a German, second-class. The East has developed in the last 30 years, very heterogeneous. The development was not everywhere equally well. In not a few regions there was a massive population loss. In several Places, the collapse of industry has left after 1990, lasting economic, social, but also social damage

Mr President, ladies and gentlemen, it is not a panacea against structural problems such as demographic change and its negative consequences. For the Federal government, the sketched sentiment is a clear Signal that the process of German unity has not completed 30 years after the Peaceful Revolution. To Promote the growing together of East and West in the economic, social, and societal area, and the tight cohesion of our country is still a job. What follows can be read in the annual report of the Federal government to the state of German unity, in breadth and depth.

On Wednesday, the Cabinet Committee met. He reiterated the focus of our policy for equal living conditions and a strengthening of the East German Länder and fleshed out.

(Enrico Komning (AfD): Where are they the equivalent conditions of life?)

The Federal government has agreed a series of further measures to strengthen civil society and civic engagement. For example, a German Foundation for Engagement and volunteering will be created to support the commitment of the people in the best way possible.

It is clear that in the year 2020 and thereafter, will be required regions anywhere in Germany, but especially in Eastern Germany, the special funding. For this purpose, a total of German support system for structurally weak regions after the expiry of the solidarity Pact this year, starting next year.

(Enrico Komning (AfD): This was also the time!)

The economic alignment between the East and the West forward, we will strengthen innovative fields of competence of the East German industry. In particular, they are in the fields of microelectronics, electro-mobility and lightweight construction. The Commission “Equivalent living conditions” called in July, are important prerequisites for the strengthening of economically weaker regions. It’s called, for example, the nationwide Expansion of mobile telephony and broadband, strengthening of rural areas through investment in the provision of public services, and vibrant town centres, as well as the promotion of art and culture. Eastern Germany’s economy is medium-sized, small-piece embossed. You will therefore benefit particularly from the enhanced measures for the support of SMEs and the SME strategy. The can succeed in the face of demographic change, particularly in the Eastern länder, but only if newly created jobs can be filled. In more and more places in the new countries, the shortage of skilled workers proves to be a stumbling block to economic development. Here we must against taxes.

Ladies and gentlemen, the East of Germany, but also our country as a whole is still facing great challenges. A large part of these challenges is not a typical East German, but a German challenge, we should ask ourselves. In the light of our history, I think, are the conditions today better than ever before in our history.

Thank You Very Much.

(Applause from the CDU/CSU and the Abg. Falko Mohrs (SPD))


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