German Chancellor Angela Merkel attends a statement with Serbia's President Aleksandar Vucic prior to a meeting at the chancellery in Berlin, Germany, Friday, April 13, 2018. (AP Photo/Markus Schreiber)
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German Chancellor Angela Merkel said Sunday government subsidies were needed to address lingering disparities in the quality of life in the states of former Communist East Germany and West Germany 28 years after unification. In a video webcast, Merkel said the government needed to look at ways to address the structural differences that would remain after a solidarity tax introduced in 1990 to support poorer eastern states runs out at the end of 2019 .Merkel, who grew up in former East Germany, will discuss the issue when she meets with the premiers of the five former East German states Wednesday.Pensions were around 96 percent of the Western level, but would not reach 100 percent until July 2024, Merkel said.
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