People look at a town map in front of a GDR socialist realism mosaic in the town hall of Eisenhuettenstadt

 
People look at a town map in front of a GDR socialist realism mosaic in the town hall of Eisenhuettenstadt
People look at a town map in front of a GDR socialist realism mosaic by Walter Womacka, in the town hall of Eisenhuettenstadt, 124 km (77 miles) 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