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West Germany

After the fall

Tomorrow, all eyes will be on Berlin as the city celebrates the 20th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall.

Sunday, 8 November, 2009, 12:00am

Berlin celebrates freedom

In biblical times, a trumpet fanfare caused the fortifications around the city of Jericho to tumble to the ground. In the 18th century, a furious mob sacked the Bastille in Paris, sparking the start of the French Revolution and sounding the death knell of the monarchy.

3 Oct 2009 - 12:00am

Germany's goal: to defeat a dual threat

Most negative attention in the run-up to the football World Cup has concerned the Europe-wide scourge of hooliganism, but German authorities are looking to more pressing matters: the dual threat of political violence from far-right extremists and radical Islamist terrorists is increasingly preoccupying them.

8 Jun 2006 - 12:00am

Frank Burbach

When Germany last hosted the World Cup in 1974, times were very different. I was a lawyer in Munich and not yet in the diplomatic service. Germany then was not united, of course. We had an East Germany and a West Germany and, you may remember, there was a game between these two countries which was very tough and the West lost to the East.

8 Jun 2006 - 12:00am

Investors move in on bargain Berlin homes

Berlin, the capital of the world's third-largest economy, has caught the eye of investors looking for the next big thing. Its smart residential districts are comparable to locations elsewhere in Europe and property experts believe the housing there is undervalued.

26 Apr 2006 - 12:00am

50 years ago...

Action call on flag flyers

Ottawa (June 15): Major-General G.R. Pearkes, V.C., last night urged the Canadian Government to take action against a fleet of Chinese ships which, he said, fly the Canadian flag on trading runs between Hongkong and Chinese Communist ports.

17 Jun 2001 - 12:00am

Don't mention the Wall

On the night of 3 October 1990, I walked along the Unter den Linden, the great boulevard of East Berlin, watching Germans celebrate their country's reunification. A few people drank champagne and shouted, but most just wandered in silence. No one knew what a united Germany would bring.

6 Oct 2000 - 12:00am

A clear choice

After years of debate, Western Europe suddenly seems on path for monetary union. Sometimes helped by creative accounting, more and more countries are forecast to meet the criteria for joining the economic and monetary union due to begin at the very end of the century.

7 Oct 1996 - 12:00am

Trip teaches the value of liberty

THE 41-year-old Berlin Wall may have been torn down, but the ''wall'' between East and West German hearts still exists. Many Germans believe it is difficult for the East Germans to adapt to western capitalistic ideas.

This was the conclusion that 10 young people came to after a 24-day trip to Germany last year.

14 Jan 1994 - 12:00am

Division of Germany after WWII

AFTER its defeat in World War II, Germany was divided into four zones under the control of the United States, Britain, France and the former Soviet Union. The division, nevertheless, was provisional.

24 Feb 1993 - 12:00am