Raising living standards in the former East Germany has been a long and painful process, still incomplete nearly two decades after the country was reunited. One factor that has slowed economic development has been poor transport links in the former communist east. The Wall Street Journal has an
interesting reporton how one city has seen business boom since the arrival of the Autobahn:
Wismar was one of the earliest German cities to benefit from the A20, and it probably won’t be the last, if recent economic data are any guide. Its home state of Mecklenburg-Vorpommern, Germany’s poorest, may be entering an economic turnaround because of the highway that traverses it, Germany’s first new autobahn since World War II.