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German Reunification

Fighting for Equal Opportunity in Germany

John Feffer | Posted 02.07.2015 | World
John Feffer

Marina Grasse is a biologist who was involved in the independent peace movement in East Germany in the 1980s. I met her in 1990 (when she was Marina Beyer) to talk about the Pankow Peace Circle and how it was adapting to the new circumstances in a democratic East Germany.

The Wall

John Feffer | Posted 01.13.2015 | World
John Feffer

For most Americans, the fall of the Berlin Wall remains the iconic image of the changes that took place in East-Central Europe 25 years ago. Just look at how the U.S. media has been covering the anniversary of 1989.

The Costs of German Reunification

John Feffer | Posted 01.12.2015 | World
John Feffer

The cost of that economic and political reunification was shouldered almost entirely by West Germans while the benefits flowed mostly to the East Germans. Economist Rudiger Frank has a different view of what happened in those years.

Fall Of The Berlin Wall 25 Years Ago Marked In Germany

Reuters | Posted 01.09.2015 | World

By Erik Kirschbaum BERLIN, Nov 8 (Reuters) - The fall of the Berlin Wall 25 years ago, heralding the end to the Cold War between East ...

Lessons of the Berlin Wall's Forgotten Aftermath

Tim Stone | Posted 01.08.2015 | World
Tim Stone

Though the Wende, or "Change," freed the East German people from over forty years of Stalinist dictatorship, remembering the forgotten side of German unification -- when right-wing hooligans waged thousands of attacks on defenseless foreigners -- provides a cautionary tale of failed leadership.

Witness of History

Sabine Ludwig | Posted 12.16.2014 | Impact
Sabine Ludwig

Back in time. I just remember exactly the day when the Berlin Wall came down. I studied in Albany, New York, as an exchange student. Me and some German fellow students decided to spend a long weekend in Washington D.C.

The Monday Demonstrations

John Feffer | Posted 09.28.2014 | World
John Feffer

The citizens of Leipzig are very proud of the fact that the East Germany revolution of 1989 began in their city.

Germany's Post-Reunification Foreign Policy

John Feffer | Posted 02.26.2014 | World
John Feffer

In general, Germany has kept its head down and focused a great deal on domestic issues.

Creating a Parallel Society in the GDR

John Feffer | Posted 02.17.2014 | World
John Feffer

One of the key contributions of the Polish opposition movement was its concept of living "as if." This "as if" approach greatly influenced opposition movements elsewhere in the Soviet bloc. In East Germany, for instance, Gerd Poppe was deeply involved in the transition from the conspiratorial work of the 1970s to the more open organizing of the 1980s.

Germany: Closing Doors, Opening Doors

John Feffer | Posted 10.23.2013 | World
John Feffer

It's difficult to close down an organization that's about to be absorbed by a bigger entity. Now imagine what it must be like to close down a country. The to-do list is monumental.

Bill Clinton Says He Followed Helmut Kohl's Lead

Steve Kettmann | Posted 07.17.2011 | World
Steve Kettmann

I was on hand Monday night in Berlin with Angela Merkel and a tent full of luminaries to hear Bill Clinton give former German Chancellor Helmut Kohl the night of his life.

Angela Merkel Reflects On German Reunification Anniversary

AP | KIRSTEN GRIESHABER | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

BERLIN — Angela Merkel, the leader of Europe's richest country, still hoards food. That's how much power Cold War-era habits still hold over Ge...