I received this from a pretty fraulein in Germany, which then piqued my curiosity, triggering this question;
"I have a stupid question.
Did it ever occur to the Germans immediately after reunification that a reunification tax would NOT be necessary as private investment would presumably swoop in and take advantage of the cheap land, labor and capital? Or was "reunification" just used as a excuse to create another tax?"
Any German economists out there have any thoughts?