Population numbers are declining in the federal state of Brandenburg, specifically in peripheral rural areas and former industry locations. Once the last pub closes down somewhere, it is often the voluntary fire-brigade, rifle, carnival or fishing clubs holding up community spirits in eroding places. Influx would be a blessing, but Brandenburg is not exactly a prime example of open-mindedness and cosmopolitan treatment of foreigners.

Heinrich-Böll-Stiftung Brandenburg (Heinrich Böll Foundation Brandenburg) Spaces 2010 / Publisher: Metropol Verlag