Merkel talks about her first thought after the fall of the Berlin Wall

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After the fall of the Berlin Wall, German Chancellor Angela Merkel thought not about the reunification of the country, but about the opportunity to travel. She spoke about this at an event at the Konrad Adenauer Foundation, timed to coincide with the 30th anniversary of German reunification, which will be celebrated on October 3.

According to Merkel, she did not think that she would witness the unification of Germany. Her first thought was that you can go anywhere at any time, at that time it was unthinkable reports “RIA Novosti”.

Merkel said that she was on a business trip in Poland, in the city of Torun, and her colleagues there said that by the time she returned to her homeland, Germany would be united again, but she did not believe in it.

In 2019, at an event dedicated to the 30th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall, Merkel said that if the division into the GDR and the Federal Republic of Germany had survived, she would have gone on a trip across America after retirement to “see the rocky mountains and hear Bruce Springsteen” … Women in East Germany stopped working at age 60, and after retirement people were given the right to leave the country, which the working population did not have. According to her, she would later explore West Germany, but the United States would be the first destination.

The Berlin Wall – a fortification that separated West Berlin from East and divided the GDR and the FRG – ceased to perform its functions on November 9, 1989. On this day, the GDR government allowed citizens to freely obtain visas to visit Germany, and residents of East Germany rushed en masse to the border, which the border guards opened under the pressure of the crowd. In the months following German reunification, the wall was torn down, leaving several fragments as a monument.

The official date of Germany’s unification is October 3, 1990, by which time the country has formally become a single state with a common constitution.

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