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German Chancellor Helmut Kohl (L) and the Prime Minister of the GDR, Lothar de Maiziere, both members of Germany’s Christian Democratic Party CDU hug each other...
Die Niederreißung der Berliner Mauer
The Opening of the Berlin Wall
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Celebrating 30 years since the Reunification of Germany
October 2020 sees the 25th anniversary of the reunification of Germany.

On 3rd October 1990, East Germany joined the Federal Republic, reuniting a nation that had been divided since the end of World War II.

The East German government started to falter in May 1989, when the removal of Hungary's border fence with Austria opened a hole in the Iron Curtain. It caused an exodus of thousands of East Germans fleeing to West Germany and Austria via Hungary. The Peaceful Revolution, a series of protests by East Germans, led to the GDR's first free elections on 18 March 1990, and to the negotiations between the GDR and FRG that culminated in a Unification Treaty. Other negotiations between the GDR and FRG and the four occupying powers produced the so-called "Two Plus Four Treaty" (Treaty on the Final Settlement with Respect to Germany) granting full sovereignty to a unified German state.

Our Berlin head office has hand-picked some images from our archive to illustrate this momentous event in German history!