The Awakening of the East: Economic Development in the Eastern Federal States

Klaus Günter Deutsch

Federation of German Industries (BDI)

Dr. Klaus Deutsch is Head of Department of Research, Industrial, and Economic Policy at the BDI e.V. (Federation of German Industries).

Previously, he was Senior Economist with Deutsche Bank Research. Dr. Deutsch received his education in political science and economics from the Free University of Berlin (diplomas in 1990 and 1992, doctorate in 1995) and spent a year as a Fulbright exchange student at George Washington University, Washington, DC, in 1988/89.

In this Transatlantic Perspectives essay, Dr. Klaus Deutsch and Sascha Brok use the twentieth anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall as an opportunity to look at the development of the eastern states, and write that despite a rosy outlook, much work remains to improve economic conditions, especially when it comes to unemployment and overall quality of life.

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