Rising In The East

JAN BAUER/AP

SMILES: PDS leader Lothar Bisky.

Lothar Bisky has a complaint. A retired professor in the former East German state of Brandenburg, he earned less than professors in West Germany did — and he'll get a smaller pension, too. But Bisky has a loud megaphone: today he's the chairman of the Party of Democratic Socialism (PDS), the heir to the former East German Communist Party. "All this discrimination harms the dignity of the people," he says — and his message resonates among voters in eastern Germany. With two state elections in the east this Sunday, the PDS is expected to perform better than at any time since...

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