Geoffrey K. Roberts
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The context of politics in reunified Germany
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This chapter describes the events of the fateful years 1989 and 1990, which led to reunification, in three phases: the downfall of the old regime in the GDR; the period of adjustment and transition to a democratic regime in Germany; and the process and consequences of reunification itself. The Basic Law contained its final provision Article 146, which would have involved the termination of both German states when a reunified Germany was created, under some new constitution. The employment of Article 23 avoided the need to create a totally new constitution for reunited Germany. The reunification of Germany is important to an understanding of the German political system for two reasons. It has changed the size of the Federal Republic of Germany and affected its political institutions. It has also affected the political agenda, so that new problems have arisen since 1990.

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