* Date : 2019-12-10
The process of German unification and the present day
30 years have passed since the fall of the Berlin Wall, a symbol of German division that spanned a 40 kilometer stretch surrounding West Berlin. On November 9, 1989, an East German government official made a verbal blunder announcing free travel to East Germans effective immediately, resulting in thousands of citizens clamoring to the border to break down the Berlin Wall. One year later, East and West Germany were officially reunited, leaving behind key lessons for Korea, which now remains the only divided nation in the world. Even though 30 years have passed since that fateful day, German Chancellor Angela Merkel has cautioned that German unification was still an ongoing process. According to a recent survey, more than half of those living in former East Germany said they felt like second-class citizens in their own country, highlighting the socioeconomic gap that has remained even after reunification. In this week's edition of 'Foreign Correspondents', we sit down with our panel of journalists to talk more about the reunification of Germany and its aftermath in the years that followed.
Frank Smith / Radio Television Hong Kong
Christian Taaks / Friedrich Naumann Foundation
Stefan Samse / Konrad Adenauer Foundation