Commentary: Why East Is Still East, And West Is Still West

By capitalist standards, Barbara Lassig should be enjoying the new East Germany. A 42-year-old mother of three, she now owns the Dresden apartment building where she and her family have lived since the socialist era. She operates her own sign-making and advertising business. She's a member of the city council. A rower who once tried out for the Olympics, she has traveled to competitions as far away as Australia. Life is good, right?

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