Reunification of Germany

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Jens George Reich stated, “People imagine the reunification will be the answer to all their dreams.” While reunification marked the official end of communism within Germany, in reality problems were arising from the processes that were unexpected by the people of Germany. The reunification was implemented ineffectively by incompetent management amidst unfavourable economic and social circumstances which resulted in political, economic and social consequences as problems associated with the East far outweighed the advantages that could be provided by the West. Indeed, German citizens dreamed that the West could provide a degree of peace and economic stability that would reinforce a cohesive German identity. Despite the favourable outlook of Germans regarding reunification, its initial stages were unsuccessful in establishing a foundation which Germany could answer the people’s dreams of peace, prosperity and unity. The collapse of communism in Europe signified a change in people’s ways of thinking due to the fact East Germans had experienced suppression for forty years. Subsequent to the collapse of the Berlin Wall and the March 1990 free elections, a positive outlook for the future and belief in freedom began to proliferate amongst East Germans. German Chancellor Kohl took an optimistic outlook for the future, and believed German free enterprise would create ‘economic miracles’ . This new method of thinking was growing within the East of Berlin before the problems of reunification that soon grew within society. Indeed the early stages of reunification did not answer the people’s dreams of a democratic society free of debt and suppression. Contrary to Chancellor Brandt’s claim that “what belongs together would now grow toge... ... middle of paper ... ...rose after unification proved that reunification did not answer the short-term dream of a unified identity of the Germans, but created many areas of debate and division, as shown by the increased racial violence. Although East and West German citizens dreamt that the reunification process would bring about peace, economic stability and a renewed sense of nationalism, this was not the case. Reunification to a limited extent answered their dreams, of freedom and the official end of communism, but also brought on obstacles and difficulties that were not identified by the people before hand such as high unemployment rates as a result of the reunification. These factors came unexpectedly to create division and instability which had to be worked through by politicians, business men, families and workers of Germany during and after the reunification of Germany.
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