Interior minister Hans-Peter Friedrich (CDU) said: “There is still a backlog of issues. What happened in the past is a lasting problem.”
Friedrich and Bergner did not elaborate on what needed to be done to help the eastern states in the future. Friedrich stressed the report was just a summary of facts highlighting the current situation.
But former Leipzig mayor and opposition SPD politician Wolfgang Tiefensee was unimpressed. He said: “The language of the report does not always correspond to the hard facts,” newspaper the Berliner Zeitung reported. “Embellishment doesn’t help anyone.”
Matthias Höhn from the far-left party, Die Linke, was also critical saying the reality in the east was different from the more positive picture painted in the report.
After 1989 Schön, a master craftsman from Stralsund, a city on the Baltic Sea, initially racked up one success after the next. Although he no longer owns the Porsche he bought after reunification, the lion skin rug he bought on a vacation trip to South Africa -- one of many overseas trips he has made in the past 20 years -- is still lying on his living room floor. "There's no doubt it: I've been fortunate," says the 51-year-old today. A major contract he scored during the period following reunification made it easier for Schön to start his own business. Today he has a clear view of the Strelasund sound from the window of his terraced house.