Thirty Years of German Unity
From the day the Berlin Wall came down on November 9, 1989, a great tidal wave of change made its way across Germany, Europe, and the world.
The first change happened close to home, with divided Germany unified on October 3, 1990. An enlarged Federal Republic of Germany was cause for celebration, but it also set off a series of political, economic, and social reckonings that the country has spent the last thirty years addressing.
AICGS celebrates the thirtieth anniversaries of German Unification in 2020 and the fall of the Wall in 2019 with commentaries, analysis, and events looking at events as they unfolded and how we remember them, the impact of a unifying Germany on domestic policies in East and West, the role of the transatlantic partnership, and understanding the divisions today.
Look to the very heart of Europe, to Berlin, and you will see a great truth shining brighter with each passing day: The quest for freedom is stronger than steel, more permanent than concrete.
– George H.W. Bush, November 11, 1989