The unease was widespread in West Germany, and it had several sources.
Health care costs are path dependant; you can't just hit the reset button and decide we'd rather do it West Germany's way.
“For a while, the only manifestations of change were people defecting to West Germany,” says Park.
What the Soviet agents thought—those who were now stuck in West Germany—I can only imagine.
The most secure border in modern history was probably the Cold War border between East and West Germany.
I went for the underdogs, the teams from countries that no longer exist: Czechoslovakia, West Germany, the Soviet Union.
The Marshall Plan saved Western Europe from communism and chaos, and West Germany eventually repaid its share of the money.
On May 31, 1989, President George H.W. Bush delivered a speech in Mainz, West Germany entitled “A Europe Whole and Free.”
In the period since 1967 relations with West Germany have continued without major difficulties.
During 1972 relations between Bulgaria and West Germany improved.
Note: West Germany was a member of NATO.
Note: Established in 1949, after dissension between the United States and the Soviet Union led to the division of Germany into East Germany and West Germany, it was formed out of the states included in the American, French, and British occupation zones.
Note: The Bonn Convention in 1952 essentially granted West Germany national sovereignty. In 1955, West Germany was recognized as an independent country.
Note: It made a swift recovery, called the “economic miracle” from the devastation of World War II.
Note: With the collapse of communism, West Germany absorbed East Germany. Berlin became the capital of the united Germany.