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February 26, 2005

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Andrew

But what, actually, was so great about German reunification? You could have a divided Germany and still have freedom from communism. (After all, Germany and Austria have been divided since 1871 (or 1866) even though both are arguably "German").

Abiola Lapite

Well, the Germans at least seem to think it was a great blessing. In any case, it isn't the reunification of Germany that I'm cheering, but the emancipation of all of Eastern Europe from the Soviet yoke, along with the demise of Soviet-sponsored terror throughout the rest of the world.

Phil Hunt

Hey, even a stopped clock is right twice a day.

Andrew

"Well, the Germans at least seem to think it was a great blessing."

Do they? I could be wrong, but I thought a lot of Germans were annoyed by the huge amounts of money being spent to bring East Germany up to speed when it's not really working so well. (That being said, they were pretty damn happy in 1990...)

"In any case, it isn't the reunification of Germany that I'm cheering, but the emancipation of all of Eastern Europe from the Soviet yoke, along with the demise of Soviet-sponsored terror throughout the rest of the world."

Fair enough. I was just annoyed with the author in Der Spiegel for conflating reunification with the fall of the East German communist government.

Jim

"Do they? I could be wrong, but I thought a lot of Germans were annoyed by the huge amounts of money being spent to bring East Germany up to speed when it's not really working so well."

Compare the progress in Poland and Czechoslovakia against Germany's eastern states'. Their big advantage was in not having an endless source of "foreign" aid.

I was living in the Nuenberg area at the time of the reunification. Andrew is right; people were overjoyed. Then the realization set in that they had never really liked each other in the first place.

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