East Germany

Socialist state in Central Europe from 1949–1990

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East Germany: Socialist state in Central Europe from 1949–1990
East Germany, officially the German Democratic Republic, was a country that existed from 1949 to 1990, the period when the eastern portion of Germany was part of the Eastern Bloc during the Cold War. Commonly described as a communist state in English usage, it described itself as a socialist "workers' and peasants' state". It consisted of territory that was administered and occupied by Soviet forces following the end of World War II—the Soviet occupation zone of the Potsdam Agreement, bounded on the east by the Oder–Neisse line. The Soviet zone surrounded West Berlin but did not include it and West Berlin remained outside the jurisdiction of the GDR.


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A museum in Berlin on the notorious East German police fell victim to a brazen robbery just a week after thieves stole priceless artifacts from Dresden’s Green Vault. This time, the criminals also..
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Merkel places a candle at Berlin Wall memorial

German Chancellor Angela Merkel joined people lighting candles at the Berlin Wall memorial on Saturday to honor the courage of the opposition in the GDR in the autumn of 1989. (Nov. 9) - Published

Berlin marks the 30th anniversary of the joyous collapse of the Berlin Wall

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The fall of the Berlin wall, 30 years on

On November 9, 1989, surprised East Germans emerged through the first openings in the Berlin Wall, as its historic fall ushered in the end of the Eastern bloc and national reunification in Germany. On..
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VOX POPULI: Berlin Wall came down 30 years ago, but world is still divided

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Life in Communist East Germany was 'almost comfortable' at times, Merkel says

Life in the Communist-ruled German Democratic Republic (GDR) was simpler and sometimes could be "almost comfortable in a certain way", Chancellor Angela Merkel, who grew up in the former East, told..
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Citing "competition of values", Pompeo lays into Russia, China

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Cold War escape tunnel opens under Berlin Wall

An escape tunnel underneath the Berlin Wall has been opened to the public for the first time amid celebrations of the 30-year anniversary of the opening of East Germany's border. (Nov. 7) - Published

The post-Wall, Cold War world of Hans Modrow, East Germany’s last leader

As Germany marks the 30th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall, Hans Modrow, the last prime minister of East Germany, explains his vision and justifies his actions in an interview with FRANCE 24.
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Shout louder, Ossis: Merkel's career advice to fellow East Germans

Thirty years after the fall of the Berlin Wall triggered the events leading to German reunification, Chancellor Angela Merkel said her erstwhile countrymen were still too shy at pushing for career..
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Dirk Schlegel and Falko Götz: The East Berlin footballers who fled from the Stasi

In November 1983, two Dynamo Berlin footballers risked their lives as they fled to the West and left their whole lives behind in East Germany. This is their story.
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No regrets: East Germans recall attempts to escape Communist state

More than four decades after Carmen Rohrbach tried to swim her way out of then-Communist East Germany, she has no regrets, despite getting caught and being sent to prison.
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Mikhail Gorbachev: “In 1989 the World Chose Peace; We Need That Vision Today”

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East Germany 1989: People power activists who toppled a state

A giant anti-communist protest in Leipzig in October 1989 doomed the East German state.
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Berlin Wall anniversary: The 'worst night of my life'

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Inside the abandoned Soviet base the Cold War left behind

Hundreds of thousands of Soviet troops were stationed in the complex in former East Germany.
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Chemnitz neo-Nazi group in court over Germany attack plot

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Eight members of an alleged neo-Nazi terror cell from Chemnitz are facing trial in an East German court. The case surrounds a suspected plan to carry out "violent attacks" and launch a civil-war-like..
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Stasi files: German plan to transfer files sparks concern

Critics warn files on citizens of former East Germany could be less accessible if they are archived.
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30 years after fall of Berlin Wall, East Germans feel inferior

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Days before Angela Merkel leaves for a tricky visit to Beijing, prominent Hong Kong activists have written to the German Chancellor calling her to be guided by her memories of life in dictatorial East..
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Germany's far-right AfD: Victim or victor?

East German nostalgia boosted AfD votes, but it remains an opposition party after state elections.
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Germany, Hungary to mark end of the Iron Curtain

Thirty years ago on Monday Hungarian border guards for the first time allowed people from communist East Germany to cross freely into Austria and hundreds of them rejoiced. The Iron Curtain was passing..
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Looking for an alternative: AfD soars in East Germany polls ahead of crucial regional elections

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East German Refugee Ruled Eligible For Benefits For Trauma Suffered During Berlin Wall Escape

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