REACTIONS TO THE REUNIFICATION OF GERMANY IN EUROPE AND WORLDWIDE
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OWTF 2012-2014.

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REACTIONS TO THE REUNIFICATION OF GERMANY IN EUROPE AND WORLDWIDE REACTIONS TO THE REUNIFICATION OF GERMANY IN EUROPE AND WORLDWIDE Presentation Transcript

  • Reactions to the reunification of Germany in Europe and worldwide
  • Soviet Union  essential state of the reunification most important decision-maker: Michail Gorbatschow in 1990  Influence of his wife and relationship with Helmut Kohl relevant for agreement  full agreement and sovereignty for their political system
  • United States of America  Agreed from the beginning  ex-president Ronald Reagan‘s quote to Gorbatschow about the Berlin-wall: „Come here to this gate! Mr. Gorbachev, open this gate! Mr. Gorbachev, tear down this wall!“  George Bush first west-ally supporter of the reunification; convinced with Helmut Kohl France and Great Britain
  • United Kingdom  Prime minister Margaret Thatcher thought the reunification would attack the „balance of powers“ Germany will become a stronger economy country  with the recognition of the „Oder-Neiße- Grenze“ and sacrifice of territorial claims, the United Kingdom agreed
  • France  at the beginning sceptisim, because of the shift of power in Europe François Mauriac says: „I love Germany so much, that I‘m happy there are two of them.“  memories about the second world war are still alive doubts on reunification and possible military conflicts German armed forces reduced to 370.000
  • Rest of the world  critisism against the state debts the BRD had to take from the GDR and bad working morale  German reunification as a „role-model“ for other countries, but not always accepted, e.g. North and South Korea Overall happiness and cheering for Germany!