German Chancellor Angela Merkel can understand the dissatisfaction and anger of many people in Eastern Germany. “I think it’s not so surprising that there are in East Germany, frustrations,” said Merkel (CDU), the weekly newspaper “die Zeit”.

in view of the in the autumn of upcoming three regional elections in Eastern Germany, where the successes of the right-wing populist AfD is to be expected, spoke, Merkel is a big challenge. You do, however difficult “to say the country was split as never before. The country was, perhaps, reconciled never the way you thought.”

With a view on refugee policy, she said: “It has surprised me that many people in the new countries, such a decision is still something of serious acts than in the old countries. It was in the GDR, too little experience with other cultures.” The Euro and financial crisis, resentment in the East have intensified.

in addition, there are in Eastern Germany are still some major structural problems, said the Chancellor. “The hopes, the alignment will go quickly, are in some areas scattered.” Inheritances and tax revenues are low, whereby people could build up a little wealth. “That’s why people ask now: How long is it supposed to take?” Therefore, it is an outstanding task of policy of equivalent living conditions.

In a great many areas are under-represented in Eastern Germany, Merkel said. In addition, many East Germans had accepted, for example, long, to earn less than West German. “You always set out that the elements of that one day. But if you look at today, are still substantial wage differences between Baden-Württemberg and Saxony-Anhalt, then a lot of bother.”

the Chancellor promotes more equality between a man and a woman

In this year is chosen to be equal in the three East German länder, Brandenburg and Saxony, on the 1. September, in Thuringia on March 27. October. The AfD hopes in all three countries on the results of more than 20 percent.

Strongly Merkel campaigned for more equality between women and men. “Parity in all areas seems to me to be simply logical”. Your view of the “for disadvantages to women”, was broadened during her political career.

The Chancellor also noted that the views of women and men was different. For a man, for example, “no Problem at all to carry a hundred days in a row, a dark-blue suit, but I wear within two weeks four times in the same Blazer, then the citizens ‘post created”.

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