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By Jan Herman Brinks

This is a strong research of the expansion of the fitting wing in a reunited Germany. atmosphere this in its ancient context, and particularly within the context of the tip of the chilly battle, the writer examines the implosion of communism and of the expansion of xenophobia and right-wing politics in glossy and modern Europe. The backdrop of twentieth century German historical past and of Germany’s place because the eu neighborhood super-power make this publication an extremely very important and topical contribution.

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He asserted that ‘in the Federal Republic nobody has to give up anything because of Germany’s unification’. The chancellor made a further pronouncement, which was to have far-reaching consequences for inter-German relations. He announced that taxes would not be raised. This also turned out to be too optimistic, although this was not just because of the ‘solidarity contribution’ that West Germans had to pay for reunification. According to Klaus Dreher, who for many years led the Süddeutsche Zeitung team in Bonn, Kohl knew as early as 19 December 1989, when he visited the GDR for the first time since the collapse of the Wall, that the GDR was in serious economic difficulties.

It was to be expected that in the former GDR there could The Two-tier Society 21 not be an immediate identification with a democratic political culture. According to representative surveys in 1994, half of East Germans were not satisfied with ‘democracy on the West German model’. 17 This trend has continued, particularly among younger people. In 1997 most East Germans were of the opinion that it had been basically right to transfer the West German political order to the new Federal territories. 18 For many East Germans, Western liberal democracy has only a relative value.

This did not 13 14 Background detract from the fact that, after the unification, many East Germans found that Communist Party propaganda about the West turned out to be partly true. A high level of unemployment, feelings of pointlessness and violence became part of the new social and intellectual reality. The majority of East Germans still welcomed the fall of the Wall, but the state treaty concluded in 1990 gave insufficient protection to the rights of the new Federal citizens. This Einigungsvertrag between West and East Germany was felt by many new Federal citizens to be a diktat.

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