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Before the parliamentary elections : More Federal agencies for the East of Germany?

The elections in the East cast its shadow. In the fall of 2019 Saxony, select, Brandenburg and Thuringia, new country day. A theme will not fight is missing in the election: The East is still lagging behind. An Argument with symbolic content, the distribution of the Federal authorities, for years, across the Republic. Since the eleven countries of the old Republic ahead of the "Neufünfländern" in fact, do not Go through the list of the larger facilities of the Federal government, then you will find many East German city names as a seat. And no conversation with East German Prime Minister goes by without the naming of the serious perceived Maladministration – the not is of course largely due to new Federal agencies arise every day, and the old institutions were left in the downstream area, where they were for decades.

Christian shepherd, the East Commissioner of the German government and the CDU member of Parliament of Thuringia, speaks to the topic for months. Now start to the year, also in Thuringia-based Green party chief Katrin Göring-Eckardt called for, the government in Berlin should undertake from now on, each new authority and any new research institution in the Eastern countries. Göring-Eckardt has archival research, operate, and an imbalance in the past nearly 30 years, decision of 1992, the East accounted for: Since the Bundestag to prefer, if possible, be settled 20 new facilities in the West and only five in the East. The deprivation argument is reinforced when Göring-Eckardt notes that many authorities, the head in the East were originally from the West. Whether up to the elections, there is still a lot of decisions are made, however, is uncertain.

After all, was only settled in the previous year, a new Federal authority in the middle East: The highways authority, which has the legal and technical supervision over the newly - built infrastructure company of the Confederation, sitting in Leipzig. With 200 employees, it is certainly not a great authority. And the competence centre of the forest, which was just awarded only after the state of Mecklenburg-Vorpommern, is still much smaller. Real thick vessels are not discernible on the horizon, but, also, in the future, new Federal authorities is likely to be rather small to medium in size.

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Sometimes there are additional symbolic actions. One of these is the settlement of a criminal Senate of the Federal court of justice (located in Karlsruhe) is also in Leipzig. In the Saxon major city of the German Federal administrative court, while the Federal work would be in London court, according to the unit in Erfurt. In the case of the Supreme courts of the East has been operated fairly well. But otherwise you will find their facilities to mean only the Federal police headquarters in Potsdam and the German Federal environment Agency in Dessau. On the other hand, the Bundeswehr law, "East-heavy". The army command in Strausberg, a panzergrenadier brigade is stationed in the North-East, another in Saxony and Thuringia. And the cadets of the army are trained in Dresden.

But it is not the East German politicians like defendant, Lack of large bureaucracy, between Rügen and the Erzgebirge, the real Problem of the East. The is and the financial weakness of the States and municipalities. It is still not to the West. This, in turn, with the Eastern German economic structure. There are only a few companies, large production sites, as a rule, large companies with headquarters in the West. The East German Mittelstand has not reached the weight that it has in the Western countries. And also, if the income approach in the low and mid-range (especially when you take into account the different cost of living) – in the East, the width of the layer of the high earners, which the average salaries in Bavaria, Hesse or North Rhine-Westphalia to the top draw is missing.

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in this respect, the current requirement of Reiner Haseloff, Minister-President of Saxony-Anhalt, according to a tax reform closer to the Problem than the desire for settlement by the Federal authorities. Haseloff pointed out that a lot of money, which is generated in the East, the taxation in the West is subject to. Just because the corporations sit there. The financially weak Eastern municipalities because of the low business tax revenue. East German politicians have Long been calling for a different Form of tax cutting, the more of the pie that happens to you directly and not on the financial compensation associated with certain dependencies from the Federal government and the strong countries. CDU-man Haseloff wants to act, therefore, Federal Finance Minister Olaf Scholz (SPD) to put together such a Reform push.

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