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Rural areas of Eastern Germany: modern challenges

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Klüter, Helmut; Levchenkov, Andrei V.

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Abstract After the German reunification the agricultural development of eastern territories seemed to have picked up its pace. Yet the main problems those territories are facing today hatched already in the mid-1990s. In our study we address the problems and challenges that hinder sustainable development of East German rural areas. We analyse agricultural statistics and describe the structure of agricultural enterprises, land-use, and other critical dimensions of agriculture. We discuss pros and cons of modern rural areas spatial planning policy and take a critical look at the current status of rural areas. We also put forward a number of concrete proposals aimed at the development of the area and counteracting the negative trends it is now experiencing. Even taking into account all ‘positive’ development trends that are postulated to have occurred since the unification, we underline the crucial necessity of diversification of labour forces and of changing the spatial planning policies in the rural areas of East Germany.
Keywords Federal Republic of Germany; old federal states; agricultural development; rural area; reunification; agriculture; spatial planning
Classification Economic Sectors; National Economy
Document language English
Publication Year 2012
Page/Pages p. 97-107
Journal Baltic Region (2012) 1
ISSN 2079-8555
Status Published Version; peer reviewed
Licence Creative Commons - Attribution-Noncommercial-No Derivative Works