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    Struggles over Solidarity - The Solidarity Pact | People

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    After German reunification, the Solidarity Pact gave the former east a financial boost. Thanks to the cash infusion, the coffers of many local authorities there are full. In western Germany, meanwhile, many municipalities are deeply in debt and struggling to maintain a crumbling infrastructure. They're now arguing that it's time to bring the solidarity package to an early end. We take a look at two communities, one on each side of the issue (and the old border): M?lheim an der Ruhr and Halle an der Saale. For more go to,,15821492,00.html