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1.   Norbert Blüm and Wolfgang Schäuble Debate the Location of the Capital (June 20, 1991)
During the Bundestag debate on the location of the capital, CDU social policy spokesman Norbert Blüm argued that Bonn stood for the Federal Republic’s new democratic....
2.   Rainer Zitelmann: Reunification and German Self-Hatred (1992)
Conservative journalist Rainer Zitelmann argues that leftist intellectuals are responsible for propagating a sense of German self-hatred. He views this as debilitating not least because it distances....
3.   Rainer Eppelmann talks about the Enquete Commission on the SED Dictatorship (May 3, 1992)
In an interview with the national news radio station Deutschlandfunk, the chairman of the Enquete....
4.   The Theologian Richard Schröder Calls for Democratic Patriotism (1993)
While contemplating the emotionally charged concept of nationhood, East German theologian Richard Schröder reflects on the complicated meaning of “being German.”....
5.   Author Christa Wolf Reflects on the Debate about East German Literature (September 27, 1993)
In the following excerpt, author Christa Wolf describes a public reading she gave from letters written during her California exile; she then recounts the question....
6.   The Social Democratic Intellectual Peter Glotz Warns against a False Normalization (1994)
Alarmed by the neo-conservative call for “re-nationalization,” the leftist intellectual Peter Glotz polemicizes against those who revive nationalist currents....
7.   Journalist Johannes Gross Pleads for a More Urbane Berlin Republic (1995)
Frustrated with the provincialism of politics and the lack of communication among the elites in Bonn, journalist Johannes Gross pleads for the emergence of a more urbane and cosmopolitan political....
8.   The Writer Monika Maron Comments on the Popularity of Christo and Jeanne-Claude’s Wrapped Reichstag (July 3, 1995)
The East German writer Monika Maron was pleasantly surprised by the effect of Cristo and Jeanne-Claude’s wrapped....
9.   Author Daniela Dahn Announces a New East German Self-Confidence (September 21, 1996)
With considerable bitterness, author Daniela Dahn comments on the disappointments of unification,....
10.   Writer Martin Walser Reflects on the Difficulties of Living with German Guilt (October 11, 1998)
In a widely misunderstood speech delivered upon his acceptance of the Peace Prize of the German Book Trade, West German writer Martin....
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