Egon Krenz, right, last communist party and state leader of former East Germany, German Democratic Republic, is welcomed by by other people, as he attends a commemoration for former German socialists' leaders Rosa Luxemburg and Karl Liebknecht at a cemetery in Berlin on Jan.
Any issues that existed init seemed perfectly reasonable to lay them to rest. The other option was Articlewhich provided a mechanism for a permanent constitution for a reunified Germany.
Please help improve this section by adding citations to reliable sources. West Berlin had been proposed as the 12th state, but was legally inhibited by Allied objections since Berlin as a whole was legally a quadripartite occupied area.
On 18 Maythe two German states signed a treaty agreeing on monetary, economic and social union.
The five new states held their first elections on 14 October Constitutionally, the Basic Law Grundgesetzthe West German constitution, provided two pathways for a unification.
In addition, Germany agreed to pay about 55 billion deutschmarks to the Soviet Union in gifts and loans, the equivalent of eight days of the West German GDP. However, events rapidly came to a head in early At the same time, East and West Berlin reunited into one city, which became a city-state along the lines of the existing city-states of Bremen and Hamburg.
The East had to be changed because not only had it failed to drive economic growth but it also had an undemocratic society according to the West.
While 71 percent of western Germans feel German, only 44 percent of eastern Germans feel the same, according to a research conducted by the Allensbach Institute. It replaced the previous national holiday held in West Germany on 17 June commemorating the Uprising of in East Germany and the national holiday on 7 October in the GDR, that commemorated the foundation of the East German state.
Horst Teltschik, Kohl's foreign policy advisor, later recalled that Germany would have paid " billion deutschmarks" if the Soviets demanded it.