A worker stands in front of a rolling mill in the ArcelorMittal steel factory in Eisenhuettenstadt

 
A worker stands in front of a rolling mill in the ArcelorMittal steel factory in Eisenhuettenstadt
A worker stands in front of a rolling mill in the ArcelorMittal steel factory in Eisenhuettenstadt, 124 km (77 miles) east of Berlin November 26, 2012. Angela Merkel hopes for re-election next year as a reward for keeping the euro zone intact, but many people in the former East Germany where she grew up feel more like second-class citizens than good Europeans and may give her the cold shoulder. Income and jobs in the former German Democratic Republic still lag behind the west more than 20 years after reunification and trillions of euros in transfers have not stemmed an exodus that has left some areas looking like ghost towns. Picture taken November 26, 2012. TO GO WITH STORY GERMANY-EAST/ REUTERS/Thomas Peter