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here in the university city of yeah nine eastern Germany living standard still lag behind the west thirty years after the fall of the Berlin Wall this is the end up take lays a factory at the heart of the area's optics valley so called because of the number of businesses in the position %HESITATION emerging industries the company's chief executive says there's still much work to do to change attitudes and not should be focusing the mind of chancellor Merkel with three elections coming up in Easton state this autumn I do feel the time side here in the east still today god knows how many years off of the fall of the Berlin Wall there's still this model maybe it's okay that we can sort of play , we want to win , the east was given big promises after reunification but its economy languished after cash injections of two trillion euros every three decades economic output per capita here is still three courses of western German levels many east German firms clues after reunification with government loans you not take was built up from the old calls ice group but it's a surprise to many local people a small it was a very difficult time several thousand people lost their jobs our luck was that we had good equipment and talented people , with most of the east's old industry's gone medicals government is trying to encourage places like game now to profit from disruptive new technologies and slowly but surely the east is closing the gap and tech hubs like this giving his hope of catching up with or even one day overtaking the west