About: East Germany

EU Elections 2019 02-04-2019

How the Greens want to become the people’s party

Germany's Greens (die Grünen) want to stabilise their steep rise in popularity and formulate new basic principles. What do they want to do differently? Read a point-by-point explanation by EURACTIV Germany's media partner Der Tagesspiegel.
Economy & Jobs 10-04-2018

Future EU regional policy – less funding for East Germany?

The EU budget for 2020 onward is not yet fixed but the German federal states already fear cuts in the funding for promotion of local projects. East Germany is especially concerned - a lot is at stake because many regions benefit greatly from EU subsidies. EURACTIV Germany reports.

Merkel, called ‘traitor’, defends refugee stance in rowdy east Germany

German Chancellor Angela Merkel was greeted with shouts of "traitor" by a rowdy group of right-wing protesters in east Germany yesterday (17 August) as she defended her decision to allow hundreds of thousands of refugees into the country.
Languages & Culture 24-07-2015

Study: Effects of German division have endured longer than expected

25 years after reunification, the old German-German border is still recognisable in many aspects of life, according to a new study on the state of German unity. Tagesspiegel reports.
Europe's East 10-11-2014

Berlin celebrates the night ‘that changed our lives’

Hundreds of thousands gathered in Berlin on Sunday (9 November) to celebrate the 25th anniversary of the fall of the Wall. Chancellor Angela Merkel said the momentous day had proved that "dreams can come true". EURACTIV Germany reports.
The crucial scene before the fall of the Berlin Wall: Günter Schabowski's press conference in the International Press Centre on 9 November 1989. [Bundesarchiv]
Languages & Culture 06-11-2014

Remembering people, places and myths surrounding the fall of the Berlin Wall

25 years after the fall of the Berlin Wall, former Austrian correspondent Ewald König returns to the place where Günter Schabowski mistakenly ordered the opening of the Wall, where myths live on and where König met the young Angela Merkel.
Languages & Culture 04-11-2014

25 years after fall of the Berlin Wall, divisions in Germany remain

“Would you like to know more about the history of former East Germany?” 54% of German citizens answered “No” to this question in a recent survey ahead of the 25th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall, while 6 in 10 Germans were in favour of looking ahead rather than reflecting on GDR history. EURACTIV Germany reports.
Languages & Culture 17-12-2012

Germans still divided, more than two decades after reunification: Survey

The majority of eastern Germans regard their western compatriots as "arrogant" and mostly interested in money, according to a new survey that highlights distinct east-west identities.
Regional Policy 06-12-2012

East Germany: A haven for the far right?

German statistics and anecdotal evidence show that far-right groups are more active in regions that were part of the former East Germany. Despite reunification, the eastern regions have remained less developed economically than the western regions, writes Stratfor.
Central Europe 13-11-2009

Berliners fight to reclaim lost property after Wall fall

Celebrations of the 20th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall left a bitter aftertaste for some East Berliners who were expropriated by the communist regime in order to build the wall and the 'death strip' that bordered it, reports Ewald Koenig, chief editor of EURACTIV Germany.
Central Europe 13-11-2009

De Waele: ‘Gorbachev’s role has been totally neglected’

The role of Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev has been completely overlooked in celebrations marking the fall of the Berlin Wall, said Jean-Michel de Waele, professor of political science at the Université Libre de Bruxelles (ULB), in an exclusive interview with EURACTIV.
Central Europe 13-11-2009

Analyst: ‘Gorbachev’s role has been totally neglected’

The role of Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev has been completely overlooked in celebrations marking the fall of the Berlin Wall, said Jean-Michel de Waele, professor of political science at the Université Libre de Bruxelles (ULB), in an exclusive interview with EURACTIV.
Central Europe 12-11-2009

Sitting on the top of the Wall

Ewald Koenig, editor-in-chief of EURACTIV Germany, was present in Berlin during the "craziest and luckiest night in German history" when the Wall fell. This piece is part of a series of 45 articles by Koenig covering his memories of communist times.
Central Europe 10-11-2009

Countdown to freedom: John Paul II’s place in history

Poland’s deep Catholic roots allowed one man to do more for his country than was humanly possible, writes Maria Graczyk, chief editor of EURACTIV.pl, recalling the events that followed John Paul II's election to the Vatican in 1979 and the Berlin Wall's collapse ten years later.
EU Priorities 2020 10-11-2009

Twenty years after: End of Communism cheered but with reservations

Two decades after the fall of the Berlin Wall, public opinion on both sides of the Iron Curtain generally look back approvingly at the collapse of communism. But the initial widespread enthusiasm about these changes has dimmed, according to a 14-nation survey conducted by the Pew Research Center's Global Attitudes Project in Eastern and Western Europe, as well as the United States.
Central Europe 10-11-2009

The Czech 1989 events: unexpected but inevitable

The fall of the Berlin Wall on 9 November 1989 took the Czechoslovak dissident movement by surprise, EURACTIV Czech Republic writes, quoting observers and actors of the historic events.
Central Europe 10-11-2009

Europe’s leaders hail Wall fall, vow to tackle new challenges

World leaders gathered in Berlin on 9 November hailed the ordinary people who helped bring down the Berlin Wall and said the historic events of 20 years ago showed nations were capable of rising to new challenges, from terrorism to climate change.
Central Europe 10-11-2009

The journalist question that fractured the Wall

Ewald Koenig, editor-in-chief of EURACTIV Germany, attended the historic press conference in East Berlin, where East German official Guenter Schabowski triggered the fall of the Berlin Wall in 1989 with a blunder. This piece is one of Koenig’s series of 45 articles, covering his memories from communist times.
Central Europe 10-11-2009

Jouyet: German reunification ‘not easy to accept for Paris’

The 1992 Maastricht Treaty, which created the European Union and led to the creation of the euro, came as an answer to French concerns over the German reunification process, Jean-Pierre Jouyet, former French State Secretary for EU affairs, told EURACTIV France in an exclusive interview.
Central Europe 10-11-2009

Jouyet: Berlin Wall collapse strained Franco-German relations

Beyond the enthusiasm provoked by the collapse of the Berlin Wall, France had to learn how to live with reunified Germany, Jean-Pierre Jouyet, former European Affaires Secretary, told EURACTIV France in an exclusive interview.
Central Europe 09-11-2009

World leaders line up to mark end of Cold War

World leaders past and present will join German crowds today (9 November) to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall – a stark symbol of the Cold War that divided a city and a continent.
Central Europe 09-11-2009

Hungarian historian: ‘Kohl’s promise was not kept’

Chancellor Helmut Kohl's promise that no one’s life will be worse than it was before Germany’s reunification was not met, György Fehéri, a literary historian, told EURACTIV Hungary in an interview.
Central Europe 05-11-2009

Chancellor Kohl’s European dream ‘still incomplete’

"Twenty years after the fall of the Berlin Wall, the Western German chancellor at that time Helmut Kohl's dream of a united Germany leading to a politically united Europe remains unfinished business," according to Reuters journalist Paul Taylor.

‘Chaotic’ late bid for EIT headquarters

The East German city of Jena has thrown its hat into the ring to become a candidate to host the European Institute of Innovation and Technology (EIT) in a showpiece event which took place in Brussels on 22 May. But questions remain about the late candidacy, despite its acceptance by the Council.

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