A third of all western Germans say they lost more as a result of reunification than they gained, according to a study released Tuesday, DPA reported.
The findings were published by a Berlin-based sociological research institute, on the 20th anniversary of the treaty that brought about reunification between the Federal Republic of Germany in the west and the communist German Democratic Republic in the east.
Of the 2,090 people questioned, 11 per cent said they would ideally like the wall dividing East and West to be rebuilt.
The study showed that 42 per cent of eastern Germans said they had benefited from reunification. Just 37 per cent of westerners said the same.
One in two western Germans said former East Germans were now better off. Yet three quarters of those living in the former East did not agree that their lives had improved.