© AFP 2017/ TOBIAS SCHWARZ Fashion Club: Merkel-Wagenknecht Standoff Reaches New Unexpected Level In addition, eastern Germany's troubles are said to stem from its worsening demographic situation, including the decline and aging of the population. Since reunification, with the exception of Berlin, the population in the former East Germany has dropped by about 15%, with some regions, such as Saxony-Anhalt, seeing a 22% drop. Demographers attribute these problems to the outflow of the working-age population, and the lack of investment in the kinds of industries which might fuel job growth and economic prosperity.
Many Germans have begun to modify their eating habits to lower their calorie and cholesterol intake. Since the unification of East and West Germany in the 1990s, the government has faced the challenge of bringing the living conditions in the former East Germany up to the standard found in the former West Germany. Upgrading housing, schools, and utilities will continue after 2001. Despite unequal living conditions, Germans in all parts of the country are well nourished. In fact, most German children have enough to eat.