Germans Gloomy Over Economic Woes Following Reunification With AM-Germany-Three Years, Bjt
The Associated Press
Sep. 25, 1993
Undated (AP) _ Chancellor Helmut Kohl: ''The truth is, we have great transitional problems with the new states (former East Germany), but we would have had the other problems without German unification. We have lived above our means.''
Norbert Bein, a worker at a brewery in west Berlin that is to close and the work be moved to a brewery in east Germany: ''The pay there will be 82 percent of what we get. If this happens it will be very bad for Berlin and very bad for Germany.''
Andreas Isenmann, in a hospital recovering from a 21-day hunger strike to demand the government keep open the potash mine where he works: ''For a while we thought we would all have to leave east Germany to find work. Now you can't find work anywhere in Germany.''
Oskar Lafontaine, deputy leader of the liberal opposition Social Democratic party: ''The unemployment numbers are as high as in the Weimar Republic. Public debts are exploding. We have fallen behind in the technical area. ... The government thinks it can put unending burdens on social peace in our country, and it's wrong. ''
Peter Richter, master of ceremonies at an outdoor concert in Berlin: ''About 80 percent of my friends lost their jobs, but everybody gets enough from the state to survive, so they don't really understand how bad things are.''