World: 32 years of reunification: Prime Minister see results of structure east in danger

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in Erfurt, Germany celebrates 32 years of reunification. In advance, East German Prime Minister expresses in view of the energy crisis, inflation and Ukraine secretion - and appeal to cohesion.

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East German Prime Minister see the risk that the success of building the East has been in danger since reunification 32 years ago due to the energy crisis. Before the day of German unity, which is celebrated on Monday with a ceremony in Erfurt , Brandenburg's Prime Minister Dietmar Woidke ( SPD ) and Saxony Anhalt Prime Minister Reiner Haseloff ( CDU ) Social cohesion in Germany . But they also referred to the concerns of many East Germans before the laborious.

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Many East Germans still had the big structural breaks with mass unemployment in the 1990s, said Woidke of the "Rheinische Post". "That is why it is also clear that the current situation is perceived with great concern and a lot of fear that everything they have caused them in three decades will break away." Haseloff told the newspaper, the Russian attack war against Ukraine also endangered The success of the East structure.

Especially in difficult times, however, the Germans should not be played against each other. "Today solidarity and common sense are more important than ever," said Haseloff. For Thuringia's CDU parliamentary group leader Mario Voigt, "the generation of the peaceful revolution is about to lose their hard-developed prosperity through the increase in price".

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»For me, the glass is half full«

Thuringia's Prime Minister Bodo Ramelow (left) also appealed to the similarities of the Germans, despite existing problems, for example through wage differences between East and West. There is still a process of growing together with breaks, but also many positive impulses. For him, the glass is not half empty, "the glass is half full for me," said Ramelow in Erfurt.

Saxony's Prime Minister Michael Kretschmer (CDU) told the Editorial Network Germany (RND) that different perspectives in East and West would have to be accepted, also with a view to war in Ukraine. "This war will be a cut that will go into the collective memory of the Germans as a common bitter experience." It was time not only to look at the rearview mirror, but to shape the over -the time together, said Kretschmer.

A few tens of thousands of visitors

For the central celebration on the Day of German Unity, a few hundred guests are expected in the Thuringian state capital, including Federal Chancellor Olaf Scholz (SPD) and Federal President Frank-Walter Steinmeier. At the ceremony in the Erfurt Opera, Bundestag President Bärbel Bas (SPD) will speak. Traditionally, the state organizes the central unit celebration, which provides the Federal Council President. Ramelow is President of the Landkammer until the end of October.

before the ceremony, with which the peaceful revolution in 1989 and the German reunification are reminded 32 years ago, representatives of the federal and state governments come together for an ecumenical service in the Erfurt cathedral. A citizen festival, in which the 16 federal states present themselves, invites visitors to the historic old town. In the afternoon, Steinmeier invites representatives from the various federal states to a citizen reception. So far, a few tens of thousands of visitors have come to the celebrations in Erfurt, which started on Saturday.

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