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Cities catching up: economic growth in middle Europe
These 6 cities have growing economies in semi - depressed areas
A classical concept about economic geography is the Blue Banana: it is a corridor in western Europe, including main industrial and commercial cities, from Manchester to Milan. Some of them (London, Frankfurt, Zurich and Milan) are international financial headquarters. There are strongly important marine-hubs like the harbours of London, Rotterdam and Hamburg. and the capital of European Union (Bruxelles) itself. If we go to the east we find a more ordinary and so-so situation. This does not mean we cannot find high developed areas. Let's come back to the recent past. Since 1990, after "Die Wende" (fall of communism in middle Europe), but increasing Russian influence on eastern Europe through energy dependence, the eastern part of Berlin started to develop and to grow economically. Warsaw is nowadays the center of an attractive and growing big industrial area. Bratislava too seems to ride the growth wave better than others.
What do these succesfull cities have in common?
After looking at a glance to Euro-statistics and research by OECD, combined with the importance of culture, science and education, I guess that these cities have understood the benefits of investing in creating "hubs of hapiness". After all, economic growth depends on creating safe havens and stimulate cooperation.