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