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Ingolstadt, Bavaria, DE
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The issue of German unification today

Germany today still has differences between the East and the West especially regarding the economic situation. But there are also differences in how Eastern Germans feel about their national identities. As a survey showed, many people in the East feel like second class citizens. However, 30 years after the unification these issues are not that important to younger generations than for older generations. The German division is not as relevant anymore as it was 20-30 years ago. Younger Germans from the East grew up in a united German country and only heard the stories of the GDR from their parents, which of course affected their opinions, but they did not have first-hand experience. This slowly leads to a point, where the German unification is only seen as history. Of course, there are measures that must be taken to improve the discrepancies between the East and the West. But I think time is also a factor that must be considered.
Ingolstadt, Bayern, DE
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Differences in Germany

I think there are differences between different regions in Germany. But i mean thats normal, i would be very boring if it would be the same everywhere. There are different dialects, different traditions and also different dishes. This is what it makes it interessting, but the differences in economie and the social area aren´t things that are interessting or good. They are things that need to be worked on. The people in the East shouldn´t have less opportunities than the people from the west. This is a topic we have talked about a lot in the last week. In English, history and economic. We learned something about the change of the East since the unification. We discussed the current situation of the former GDR and there are still disadvantages compared to the West, especially in the economic. But nevertheless is think the situation has changed. Of course the East is not on the same level like the West but in the last 30 years it was getting better and itis not as bad as a few years ago. Besides that it´s a process and it won´t get better form one day to the other but if there is still a focus on making the situation better i thing it will get better and in a few years it will be better than now. Except that there is not only that one big difference between the East and West there are differences between the South and North as well. When we(My family and me) visited good friends in NRW (a state in the north west) I talked with a man, who lives there and he was getting very excited when i told him that I´m form Bavaria. He told me that he really likes Bavaria and that he thinks that the economie is better there than where he lives. He would love to live in Bavaria, he said. So this is anothe regional difference.(Besides that even the houses have another style sometimes.) But like i said diffeneces like that make it interessting and are good but differences who disadvantage someone need to be changed.

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Originally posted by boricua1234 on October 08, 2020 16:52

P.S. I am super curious about the refugee policy, again I know virtually nothing about German policy so if someone could explain a little bit of that that would be appreciated :)

I am gonna try to just simply explain it for every party (Of course it widely differentiates between party members):

A common European Asylum System: All parties except the AfD and Left support it in some way. The Left wants that asylum seekers should be able to choose themselves where they want to ask for asylum and the AfD disapproves entirely and says that only the deportation should be regulated throughout the EU.

Border Guards and Sea Resuce: The CDU/CSU wants to build up Frontex into a real border guard and patrol, which the FDP also approves off. The Left and Greens want to replace it with a civilian rescue operation. The AfD on the other hand campaigns for a change of laws so that illegal immigrants picked up on the Mediterranean should be returned to safe ports of third nations. Apart from that the AfD supports permanant border controls inside of the EU, while the CDU/CSU only supports temporary ones until the security of the EUs outer border is guaranteed.

"Allowance" and Living Standards for Asylumseekers: The Greens supports an EU wide standard of a high level, which the Left supports. The CDU/CSU also supports a common payment in the EU but wants to keep it to a minimum. In return the AfD wants to keep payments to the basic needs and the FDP says that only the nations should have to pay who these asylum seekers are registered at

Warning: This is very simplified and much is left out (Because I was lazy).

Boston, MA, US
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Late Follow-Up

Originally posted by ernest. on October 07, 2020 17:13

I have to say that, at least from what I know, the German government and people really seem to have done a stellar job dealing with their past history, specifically the Holocaust and East/West split. I don’t know of any other country that has been so direct and clear in condemning atrocities it committed in its past and actively seeking to redress them. This issue of not just facing a nation’s history in theory, but then actually dealing with it in practice (through policy, rhetoric, and active remembrance and study), is an especially bitter one for me because it is unbelievably frustrating to see how unwilling my own country has been to confront the many low points in its history, such as slavery, the extermination of Native American peoples, institutionalized racism, sexism, and nativism, and so forth. Here, to even fixate a little bit on America’s many historical wrongs is considered “unpatriotic” by some.

For anyone still checking this, just gonna drop this in here... Read it just now and thought it was pretty relevant to what I was saying before.

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