Other then the Berlin Wall falling there is still some economic differences between West and East Germany. A solution would be younger generations moving to the Eastern half of Germany to help create jobs and bring up the economy. The Fortune article states, "What economists do know is that when economic development takes hold in an area, people tend to flock to that area to take part in it. That's obviously what's going on in Germany, as the population of the east has shrunk from 16 million in 1989 to 12.5 million now, while the West German population has grown to 64.6 million from roughly 60 million." I was not surprised when I was reading this and from our readings it was very obvious that this is what is hurting the German economy.
Another solution is that the West needs help the East catch up with the rest of the country. The Fortune article used a German article as a source which stated, "Another recent story in Deutsche Welle, Germany's international news service, examined the differences between the eastern and western economies, bemoaning the fact that, since reunification, West Germany has transferred more than $2 trillion in economic aid in an attempt to help the East catch up. The East has made some progress, somewhat catching up to the West in terms of per capita income." This is still not enough to help the East side of the country come back from their economic problems, but if the West can give them more money and more people start moving to the East, I feel that they should be able to make a much better comeback.