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Germany's ‘real reunification’ still long way to go

Germany's ‘real reunification’ still long way to go

BERLIN, Nov. 9: There are yawning gaps between Germany's east and west and therefore "real unification" remains ongoing, Hans Modrow, the last prime minister of German Democratic Republic (GDR), has said. The development in the last three decades failed the expectations of people when the Berlin Wall fell, Modrow told Xinhua in a recent interview, as Germany marks the 30th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall. "The differences between east and west, especially economically, are still large," Modrow said, adding that although Germany's economy has been growing over the past three decades, loans issuance and quality pensions for those in eastern states were much lower compared to the western states, reports Xinhua. "From an economic point of view, there have been two ways of life in the east and the west. Many in the east feel that they're somehow second-class citizens." Modrow said, reports Xinhua. He called on politicians to pay more attention to the differences in living standards between east and west. "Reunification is not a completed status, but an ongoing process," Modrow said. After German reunification, Modrow served as a member of the German lower parliament, the Bundestag, from 1990 to 1994, and of the European Parliament from 1999 to 2004. Modrow works now as the president of the Council of Elders of Germany's Left Party. Official statistics also showed that median income in the six eastern federal states historically belonging to the GDR is less than 80 percent of that in western states. Meanwhile, Germany's Federal Office for Migration and Refugees (BAMF) rejected the asylum plea of Ibrahim Miri, a high-level member of the Miri clan, a criminal organization based in Europe, according to Miri's lawyer Albert Timmer on Friday. "Today, Ibrahim Miri's application for asylum was rejected as obviously without merit," said lawyer Timmer. Miri, a convicted drug dealer, was taken into custody and was deported to Lebanon from Germany in July. Much to the surprise of many, Miri illegally re-entered Germany in October, months after his deportation, and applied for asylum. Immediately after his asylum application, he was arrested and has been in custody since then. Referring to the rejection of Miri's asylum plea, Germany's Minister of the Interior Horst Seehofer said during a press conference on Friday that "the authorities are currently preparing the deportation." Seehofer further noted that the Miri case would show that Germany's legal system is susceptible to "abuse" in terms of illegal immigration. As a reaction to Miri's illegal entry to Germany, Seehofer had announced on Wednesday to intensify border checks at Germany's borders.

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