The doorbells of an empty apartment building are seen in the eastern German city of Schwedt.
TO MATCH FEATURE GERMANY DEPOPULATION BY ERIK KIRSCHBAUM The doorbells of an empty apartment building are seen in the eastern German city of Schwedt, March 6, 2005. Demolition crews enjoy a thriving business in depressed Schwedt, where thousands of abandoned apartments are being torn down to prevent the shrinking eastern German city from looking like a ghost town. Depopulation and de-industrialisation are plaguing regions throughout the former communist east, where an ever-worsening shortage of jobs after reunification prompted a mass exodus, with young people and skilled workers leading the way. Picture taken March 6, 2005. REUTERS/Michael Dalder MAD/GB