World: Germany’s Wealth Gap

According to a new study, Germany’s poverty level is at its highest since the German reunification in 1990, with approximately 12.5 million Germans now classified as poor. This week, Ulrich Schneider, the CEO of Germany’s Equal Welfare Organization, stated that the gap between rich and poor states is growing even wider.  “Poverty has never been as high and the regional disunity has never run as deep,” Schneider said in his speech delivered in the German capital Berlin. German poverty rose in 2013 from 15 percent to 15.5 percent, and the areas that are most affected by poverty include, Berlin, Bremen, and Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania. Conversely, the richest states include Baden-Wurtemburg, and Bavaria.

Contributor: Johanna Hartman


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