Population numbers are declining in Brandenburg, especially in former industrial areas and the rural parts of the state. Once a town’s last pub closes, it might be up to the volunteer fire department, the annual carnival or the local shooting and fishing clubs to keep community spirit alive. Some new blood would be a blessing, but Brandenburg is not exactly known for its accepting and cosmopolitan attitude toward foreigners.

Heinrich Böll Foundation Brandenburg & Metropol Verlag SPACES 2010