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From Reuters: Many Germans want Berlin Wall back

BERLIN (Reuters) - Nearly a quarter of western Germans and 12 percent of easterners want the Berlin Wall back -- more than 15 years after the fall of the barrier that split Germany during the Cold War, according to a survey.

The eastern half, under Soviet control throughout the Cold War, has had a rough time assimilating into the rest of Germany with unemployment running much higher there than in the western half. Old grudges and stereotypes have also survived over the years after the fall of the wall:

The poll also found that 47 percent of the easterners agree with the statement that the West "acquired the east like a colony", while 58 percent of the westerners back the statement that "easterners tend to wallow in self-pity".


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