2019 are in the Landtag elections in Brandenburg, Thuringia and Saxony – and Green party chief Katrin Göring-Eckardt calls to kick off the election year with more support for the East. “The Federal government must undertake, from now on, any new Federal authority, and each new research facility in East Germany to settle,” said the Newspapers of the Funke media group. “To the East has caught up, it will take a long time.”

At the same time, Göring-Eckardt called for the identification of East Germans in East German administrations in the case of equivalent qualifications, preferred. She recalled a Bundestag resolution from the year 1992, according to Federal authorities and research institutions preferably should arise in the East.

Since then, the Federal government have settled, however, 20 facilities in the West and only five in the East, least of all the Federal roads in Leipzig. “And even these institutions are usually managed by West Germans,” criticized the Green party politician. “This is due to the fact that the Easterners would be dumber, or the wrong training.”

“It is a total strategy for the East of Germany”

With such handicaps would have to be final. “We have made good experience with preference in case of equal qualifications,” said Göring-Eckardt. This could be a possibility for East German administrations. “It needs an overall strategy for Eastern Germany.”

it affirmed that the East should continue to benefit from the solidarity surcharge. “There can be no question, now, all funds to North Rhine-Westphalia or Saarland redirect,” she said. “The Soli must continue to help the East. It will take a while until we have equal living conditions in East and West.”

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