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1.   The Reestablishment of the Länder (April 19, 1990)
When the German Democratic Republic was founded in 1949, it consisted of five Länder – Mecklenburg,....
2.   Unions in a Reunified Germany (June 20, 1990)
In the summer of 1990, the end of the GDR unions was already preordained. The Western negotiating partners differed in their approach to dealing with them, however. The expansion of the Western unions....
3.   Party Mergers (July 6, 1990)
The author discusses the differences between the parties in the Eastern and Western parts of the country and describes the problems presented by their impending merger. The challenges include disparities....
4.   Voices from the Province (August 4, 1990)
In the following travel report, a West German journalist describes some of the first steps taken in the introduction of the market economy in the GDR. He also discusses the role that West German....
5.   Processing the Past and the Renaming of Streets (September 18, 1991)
Street names have substantial symbolic and historical value, and conflicts over the naming – and renaming – of streets have become a regular part of regime changes. After the fall of the Communist....
6.   Structural Adjustments (October 29, 1993)
After working in Magdeburg for three years, a West German journalist takes stock of his experience there. He recounts early difficulties (which were obvious above all in the area of communication),....
7.   Administrative Assistance (June 17, 1994)
The author, an employee of the Ministry of the Interior, examines the administrative assistance given to the new Länder by West German civil servants. He arrives at a positive assessment but....
8.   The Red Socks (June 24, 1994)
The unexpected success of the successor party to the SED, the Party of Democratic Socialism (PDS),....
9.   Municipal Policy in Halle (May 29, 1994)
The following document is a transcript of conversation between Deutschlandfunk, a national news and current affairs radio station based in Cologne, and Klaus Rauen, the lord mayor of Halle. Rauen,....
10.   The Beginnings of Parliamentary Work (January 17/24, 1997)
During the first legislative session of the Brandenburg Landtag [state parliament], the newly elected deputies were confronted with considerable challenges. A wealth of laws and a new constitution....
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