Germany 30th reunification anniversary
Germany is marking the 30th anniversary of its reunification on 3 October 2020, drawing a generally positive picture of the progress made in knitting together east and west amid celebrations that are low-key because of the coronavirus pandemic. Germany was reunited on October 3, 1990, after four decades of Cold War division.
- East Germany joined the western federal republic less than a year after the east’s communist rulers “under pressure from growing protests” opened the Berlin Wall and the rest of the highly fortified border between the two states.
- While much progress has been made since then, economic and other differences between the west and the less-prosperous east still persist.
- A long-lasting trend of more people leaving the east than moving there has finally halted in recent years.