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Exhibition for the 30th anniversary of the German Reunification

Event date: 14/09/2020

Exhibition for the 30th anniversary of the German Reunification

2020 marks the 30th anniversary of German reunification. On this occasion, the Archives unit and the Directorate for the Library and Knowledge services jointly organise a digital exhibition to celebrate this unique event in European integration history.

German unification was achieved on 3 October 1990. The course of European integration was profoundly changed. In the face of these political events, and despite the speed of the process, the European Parliament played an important role and increased its involvement. For several months, it provided a forum for European leaders that were responsible for preparing German unification. Mindful of the political, economic and institutional consequences of this historic moment for the European Community, Members supported German reunification by taking a number of positions in favour of democratisation and respect for human rights in Central and Eastern Europe.

News history

On 3 October 1990 the process of reunification of Germany was concluded and Berlin was reunited into a single city.

Parliament becomes the first European institution to speak of a possible reunification of Germany

illy BRANDT, former Chancellor of Germany gave a press conference on 15 November 1989 in the European Parliament in Brussels, just a few days after the fall of the Berlin wall

On 9 November 1989, German citizens peacefully tore down the Berlin Wall and thus paved the way for German reunification.

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