I didn’t know much about the history of Germany, of course I had heard of the fall of the wall but never what if entailed, so I was surprised by what i have learned and read and especially the lasting impacts that the separation that still occurs today. The disparities between the east and the west are still prominent even if Germany is unified, some of the students had written that, “ In these states(the east) the people are poorer, get lower wages and unemployment is up to 7.5% compared to 5.9% in the west. One reason for the financial disadvantages for the people living in the east is that none of Germany’s big companies (DAX-companies) are placed in the east. Also, the east is underrepresented in the German government.” There still needs to be a lot done in order to bring the East into the same or at least a similar consistency with the West on an economic and political level. There is huge political turmoil in the east, the ranging opinions cause for a growing division and also migration from east to west which isn’t helping the disparities in the East.
In the President’s speech about the day of German Unity it is prevalent how excited he is about the unification, he says, “And we can look back on the path that we as a country have travelled together – towards becoming a reunited, free, democratic country in the centre of Europe. What good fortune! What an achievement! Of that, we are rightfully proud on this day – and this feeling of pride is something that no pandemic can take away.” He does mention the unity in 1871 and the brutality it entailed and compared it to the unity created 30 years ago and obviously it was better than the one prior, but there are still some huge issues between the East and West and the incongruity that I feel the President should mention rather than celebrating. I may be wrong since there wasn’t much I knew about Germany and the Unity and issues they face today, but I formed my opinion or these readings and video which thankfully allowed me to become more educated.