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The European Economic divide.
The further East and South you go in Europe, the weaker the economies, the more subsistance level and agricultural and the less advanced technoligically. This has been the historic fault line throughout the continent since the Industrial Revolution (see Europe in Crisis podcast at www.jamescookeenterprises.com). Today Bulgaria to the East has a gdp per cap of just $8000, Luxeburg in the North West has one of over $100,000.
A brilliant article in todays NYT points up the impact of this phenomenan within the the geopolitics of Germany, Europe’s most important nation. 
I have written elsewhere of the success of the Green party first in Bavaria and then in Hesse (see Thought for Monday of 10/23 and For Wednesday of 10/31). Whilst the Greens have done well, so has the Alternative for Germany – the fascist AfD. The AfD success in Germany reflects the East West dividing line of affluence that splits opinion in Europe and dictates political affiliation.
The fall of the Berlin War led not to an economic resurgence in the East so much as to an immediate exodus of talent, youth and of women all looking to join the more developed enterprise of the West. Those left behind suffer today from lower economic affluence, feel abandoned, betrayed, and especially for the men – lonely.
The AfD has increased its vote throughout Germany but the further East you look the greater and more entrenched its success.
Germany like the rest of Europe is politically riven and like the rest of Europe it needs a new and powerful leadership for economic reconciliation or it will fracture apart.
Have a good day, James Cooke.