‘Epilogue — "Is it all right if I switch off the light myself?"' asks Lothar de Maizière, first and last democratically elected Head of Government of the German Democratic Republic (GDR). In July 1990, Opland, Dutch cartoonist announces the end of the German Democratic Republic.
On 23 August 1990, the day after the Declaration by the People's Chamber on the accession of the German Democratic Republic (GDR) to the Federal Republic of Germany (FRG), the Federal Chancellor, Helmut Kohl, outlines to the Bundestag the stages of German reunification and addresses the question of economic aid for the GDR.
On 31 August 1990, in Berlin, Wolfgang Schäuble, Interior Minister of the Federal Republic of Germany (FRG), and Günther Krause, Junior Minister to Lothar de Maizière, Prime Minister of the German Democratic Republic (GDR), sign the Unification Treaty establishing a single federal democratic state.
On 2 October 1990, at the ceremony on the eve of German unity, Lothar de Maizière, Prime Minister of the German Democratic Republic (GDR), gives an address in which he describes the historic impact of the creation of a reunified German state.
On 3 October 1990, Roland Dumas, French Foreign Minister, and his German counterpart, Hans-Dietrich Genscher, confirm in an exchange of letters the importance of the unification of Germany and emphasise their commitment to Franco-German friendship.
On 3 October 1990, commenting on the official reunification of Germany, the daily newspaper La Libre Belgique emphasises the historic importance of the event and speculates on the political future of the reunified, democratic Germany.
On 4 October 1990, in his first government declaration to the Bundestag of the reunified Germany, Chancellor Helmut Kohl assesses the country’s economic situation and indicates the correct paths to follow in order to overcome the difficulties associated with the harmonisation of two economic systems which, for a long period of time, had been separate.
In his memoirs, German Chancellor Helmut Kohl describes the conversations he had in the early 1990s with Mikhail Gorbachev, President of the Soviet Union, concerning the process of German reunification.
‘German unity: Viva Germania? A new Reich? The great takeover or the end of a long separation?’ In 1990, the cartoonist, Fritz Behrendt, interprets in his own inimitable fashion the various meanings that may be attributed to German reunification.
In 1990, the German cartoonist, Walter Hanel, takes an ironic look at the way in which the German Chancellor, Helmut Kohl, and his Foreign Minister, Hans-Dietrich Genscher, present the reunified Germany to the world together as their ‘newborn child'.
On 9 November 1989, the German Democratic Republic (GDR) opens its frontiers to West Berlin and to the remainder of the Federal Republic of Germany (FRG), a move which prompts large numbers of mass demonstrations in front of the Brandenburg Gate.
On 8 September 1994, a military parade is held in the courtyard of Charlottenburg Palace to mark the departure of Western Allied troops from the City of Berlin. The parade is attended by Helmut Kohl, Chancellor of the Federal Republic of Germany (FRG), Warren Christopher, US Secretary of State, John Major, British Prime Minister, and François Mitterrand, President of the French Republic.
On 31 August 1994, Helmut Kohl, Chancellor of the Federal Republic of Germany (FRG), welcomes Boris Yeltsin, President of the Russian Federation, to Berlin on the occasion of the departure of the troops from the Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS) stationed in Berlin. A ceremony is held at the Neue Wache, a memorial dedicated to the victims of all wars and oppressive regimes.