Today is the 23rd Anniversary of the reunification of East and West Germany in 1990. The idea of one Germany was raised by princes of the German states as early as 1871, but there were so many religious, linguistic, and cultural differences between and among the various groups.
After World War II, Germany was divided into East and West Germany, under the auspices of the Soviet Union and the allied nations, respectively. In the summer of 1989, Hungary decided to dismantle its portion of the Iron Curtain and opened its borders, causing an exodus of thousands of East Germans to West Germany via Hungary. Subsequent negotiations between East and West Germany culminated in a Unification Treaty.
On October 3, 1990, the five re-established states of the German Democratic Republic (GDR) or East Germany were united with the Federal Republic of Germany (West Germany) and Berlin into a single state. October 3 has since been the official German National Holiday, the Day of German Unity.
With the resources of the West and the readiness of the citizens of both East and West to combine their efforts for development and progress, a unified Germany emerged once more to become Western Europe’s richest and most populous nation. Today Germany is a key member of the continent’s economic, political, and defense organizations, particularly the European Union and North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO).
The Manila Bulletin, led by its Chairman of the Board of Directors Dr. Emilio T. Yap, President and Publisher Atty. Hermogenes P. Pobre, Executive Vice President Dr. Emilio C. Yap III, Editor-in-Chief Dr. Cris J. Icban Jr., Business Editor Loreto D. Cabañes, Officers and Employees, congratulate the people and government of the Federal Republic of Germany led by Their Excellencies, President Joachim Gauck, Chancellor Angela K. Merkel, Bundestag President Norbert Lammert, and Bundesrat President Winfried Kretschmann and its Embassy in the Republic of the Philippines headed by H.E., Ambassador Joachim Heidorn, on the occasion of the German reunification. CONGRATULATIONS AND MABUHAY!