Germany marks the anniversary of reunification

'German reunification' was the most pleasing time said German President Gauck

Germany marks the anniversary of reunification

World Bulletin/News Desk

Germany marked the 23rd anniversary of 'German reunification', the process in 1990 in which the German Democratic Republic (GDR) also called East Germany joined the Federal Republic of Germany (FRG) which is known as West Germany, and when Berlin reunited into a single city.

"German reunification was the most pleasing time," is how German President Joachim Gauck described the period.

Gauck, as well as German Chancellor Angela Merkel, and Minister-President of the state of Baden-Wurttemberg Winfried Kretschamann attended the official ceremony of the 23rd anniversary of 'German reunification' held in Stutgart province of the state of Baden-Wurttemberg in southern Germany.

German President Gauck called the new government to take responsibility in events across the world, saying "Germany is not an island." He wanted Germany to contribute more to the solutions of world problems.

Pointing out that there were still some deficiencies in making the life standards equal for everybody, Merkel said, "We have still things to do." She pointed to the high unemployment rates in eastern states when compared to the west, and also to the high costs in western states compared to the east.

'German reunification' has been celebrated in various provinces across Germany in which thousands of people joined.

To commemorate the day that marks the official unification of the former East and West Germany in 1990, 3 October has since then been the official German national holiday, the Day of German Unity.

Last Mod: 03 Ekim 2013, 22:24
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