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Germany has every reason to celebrate: 30 years after reunification, the country can look back on an unparalleled success story. East and West have largely grown together, and living conditions are good in both parts of the country. However, the process of unity is not complete. In the Bundestag debate on the anniversary on Friday, Union parliamentary group leader Ralph Brinkhaus campaigned for diversity and internal unity in Germany.

“The inner unity has to be won and fought for every day,” said Brinkhaus. The place where this has to happen is the German Bundestag, he emphasized: “We are the bracket that connects this country.” Germany’s regions are diverse and should preserve their differences. However, these can no longer be “attached to cardinal points”. It is the task of politics to ensure equal living conditions everywhere.

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Recognize the achievement of the East Germans

Brinkhaus thanked everyone who made reunification possible: the courageous freedom fighters in the GDR, the neighboring countries Poland, Hungary and the Czech Republic, George Bush and Michail Gorbatschow and, last but not least, Helmut Kohl and Wolfgang Schäuble. He also thanked the “forgotten heroes” of the reunification, whose everyday life after 1990 was marked by struggles, doubts and setbacks, by the loss of their own biography. He explicitly apologized for “that we in the West have not seen what the people there have done for too long.” According to Brinkhaus, unity is not only an occasion for gratitude, it is also an obligation: an obligation to stand up for Europe and to support those who are fighting for freedom, democracy and justice today – for example in Hong Kong and Belarus.

The individual balance of many former # GDR citizens is negative, so @ YvonneMagwas @ cducsubt on # 30JahreUnit. The transformation process was shaped by #unemployment and #existence anxiety. But it wasn’t the #West to blame, but #communism and the # GDR regime pic.twitter.com/xepCOA9gkP

– phoenix (@phoenix_de) October 2, 2020

Challenging Transformations

The CDU MP Yvonne Magwas from Vogtland, who only experienced the GDR as a child, remembered in her speech the “challenging transformations” that the people in East Germany had to endure during the transition from a run-down planned economy to a market economy. Magwas, who opened the debate for the Union faction, said: “Many dreams were shattered.” In doing so, she referred to unemployment, low wages and existential fears from which many people suffered. It often took them courage to reinvent themselves and their professional lives.

Look ahead

But after 30 years of unity, Magwas campaigned to look ahead. It is not a question of “drawing a line or forgetting”, but rather to shape life in unity, in freedom, in a well-functioning democracy. Politicians must work to create good framework conditions for the environment, research or jobs and to develop strong regions. “The courage that people had in 1989/90 is needed again today,” she said. You have to be open to change and work for a good future for all of Germany. The future lies in innovations

In the debate on 30 years of #DeutscheUnit in the #Bundestag, it becomes clear that the @CDU was and is the party of reunification. Speakers from @cducsubt emphasize thanks and joy with a strong speech from @rbrinkhaus. It is frightening how #Lefts u #AfD denigrate and talk badly!

– Tankred Schipanski (@TSchipanski) October 2, 2020

Federal Minister of Economics Peter Altmaier relies on innovations in East and West Germany. The future lies in digitization, artificial intelligence, autonomous driving or a climate-neutral hydrogen strategy, he said. Altmaier praised the fact that a strong middle class had emerged in the new federal states as well as economically strong areas, which also served as a model from West Germany. At the same time, there are still regions that have some catching up to do. There, too, people have to be offered a perspective. “The unity is not a state, but an ongoing process,” said the CDU member Heike Brehmer. The corona pandemic in particular has shown that Germany is a well-functioning, diverse and crisis-proof unit.

United instead of separate, historical and yet future-oriented. That was, is and will hopefully always be the @CDU. # 30YearsUnit # 30YearsEinshttps: //t.co/N3HtX3S8OG

– Mark Hauptmann (@MarkHauptmann) October 1, 2020

The differences are hardly noticeable

Wolfgang Schäuble also sees hardly any differences between East and West in Germany. In an interview for the CDU / CSU parliamentary group on the occasion of the anniversary, he said that in the 30 years since reunification there had been “good progress” in terms of the merging of the two parts of the country. Differences are felt to be regionally limited at best. Overall, Germany has become “very diverse, very different”. Whether someone feels like an East or West German may still play a role for the generation that has lived in divided worlds for 40 years: “The consequences of the division will stay somewhere.” For young people who grew up in a united Germany, this does not apply: “You can’t do anything with that.” In this respect, the President of the Bundestag is optimistic about the future: “No, I’m not afraid of a division.”

30 years of #DeutscheUnit is a reason for deep gratitude and great joy. The view goes forward. Then as now it is clear that German unity and European unification are inextricably linked. A good and important debate in the Bundestag.

– Volker Ullrich (@VolkerUllrich) October 2, 2020

High quality of life in both parts of the country

According to the annual report of the federal government on the status of German unity in 2020, published in mid-September, it says: “30 years after reunification, the Federal Republic of Germany presents itself as a successful country that offers its citizens an overall high quality of life compared to many other countries.” Within Germany, the equalization of living conditions has made great progress, even if there are still considerable regional disparities in income and employment opportunities, in the provision of infrastructures and services of general interest.

EDITOR’S NOTE: This article is a translation. Apologies should the grammar and / or sentence structure not be perfect.

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