Interior minister Hans-Peter Friedrich (CDU) said: “There is still a backlog of issues. What happened in the past is a lasting problem.”
Friedrich and Bergner did not elaborate on what needed to be done to help the eastern states in the future. Friedrich stressed the report was just a summary of facts highlighting the current situation.
But former Leipzig mayor and opposition SPD politician Wolfgang Tiefensee was unimpressed. He said: “The language of the report does not always correspond to the hard facts,” newspaper the Berliner Zeitung reported. “Embellishment doesn’t help anyone.”
Matthias Höhn from the far-left party, Die Linke, was also critical saying the reality in the east was different from the more positive picture painted in the report.