FEATURE - Germany headed for demographic disaster?

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  • Wednesday, 26 Apr 2006

BERNBURG, Germany (Reuters) - Helmut Rieche, the proud mayor of this struggling east German town, likes to focus on the positive when describing the changes that have occurred here since the collapse of communism. 

The old state-run cement company that polluted the river and turned the town grey with fumes has been closed down, he says. And the elderly of Bernburg, who Rieche says seemed hidden from view under the communists, are out on the streets again. 

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