Tbf, that’s probably because they hadn’t enjoyed 45 years of Soviet domination and life was deemed shitter in the east so didn’t want to repeat it.
Yeah, that is what they wanted... Soviet overlords to leave and American overlords to arrive and take over.
It was western economic sanctions and lack of investment that stunted economic growth for the eastern block... as shown by the massive and rapid growth of communist China with the west using them as their international sweat shop.
Remind me, how many people were shot trying to escape from West Berlin to East? Not as many as the other way round!
Economic migration is perfectly normal, why don't you ask the East Germans how democracy and freedom is working out for them at the moment.... or perhaps you will have to wait while they ask Washington what they can or cannot say in response.
That is a pretty compelling point lol.
I am actually rather surprised the EU outsourced its slave labour to China too... I would have thought it would make rather more sense to outsource production to eastern european countries... you still get cheap labour but you would be building up the economies of EU countries instead of pissing money away to Asia... but now eastern europeans migrate to other EU countries for better paying jobs and most of your cheap goods come from China...
Never forget that the US came out of the War relatively unscathed - in fact they profited immensely from the War. The US was the richest country by far. Germany and the USSR in particular was devastated by the War.
Living standards in eastern europe were much better than living standards in most of Russia, but still the bitched and moaned and complained... which is why Putin is not interested in a return to the Soviet Union or the Warsaw Pact... Russia is better off without them.
Hence the Berlin Wall and the East-West divide. That divide did not come because Stalin ordered it - it was because of economic blackmail from their Western "partners".
Stalin proposed a return to borders, meaning Soviet forces withdrawing to the Soviet Union and British and French and US forces retreating to their borders but the west was not interested.
As a South African the Buccaneers and the Canberras brings back good memories!
The Bucc... my favourite British aircraft... quite modest looking, but at subsonic speeds with a nuclear bomb under each wing it had better speed and range at low level than an F-16 and it could operate from aircraft carriers...