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The collapse of communism in Eastern Europe and in The SovietUnion has presented an array of new opportunities but also problemsfor much of this region Although with this collapse the opportunityarises to establish a democratic government and a market economyexists the process has shown to be a slow one With the attempt torestore civil liberties and the hope of enjoying the standard of livingsimilar to that of Western Europe communist parties are still inexistence under new names and titles and Eastern Europe is stillstruggling to become free both economically and politically The problems facing Eastern Europe and The Soviet Union areboth political and economic First economically this region is fallingapart Unemployment is widespread and most of the plants andfactories run by the communists are gone As a result of being poorand unemployed hundreds of thousands of people have migratedfrom Eastern to Western Europe in hopes of finding work This hasled to much resentment especially from countries such as Germany Outbreaks of opposition and physical violence have erupted leading toincreased ethnic tension In turn immigration is being restricted inIn addition to the economic troubles there is an environmentaleffect Many of the closed down plants and factories are so pollutingthat they have left many areas virtually unlivable This pollution hasleft the former communist nations with some of the worstenvironmental problems in the world This has in turn contributed toThe nations of Western Europe facing high costs themselvesrelated to the collapse of communism are hesitant to send any relieffunds to the East This is especially true in Germany where costs oftheir own unification have been very high East Germany and WestGermany are still at odds over state aid that has been mostly directedto the East Other parts of Europe being in an economic slumpthemselves lack the resources to aid Eastern Europeans A fear thatEastern Europes economic difficulties could negatively affect theirown economy has also led to a fear of economic integrationPolitical challenges are also a major problem resulting
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