German reunification has come to be regarded as a text book example for peaceful
revolution. The treaty settling the accession of East Germany to the Federal Republic
came into force on 3 October 1990, ending the division of Germany after four decades.
DW will be broadcasting a number of programs to mark the 30th anniversary of
German reunification, including:
The documentary The Two plus Four Talks – Negotiating German Unity reveals the
dramatic aspects of negotiations over the Two Plus Four Agreement – a treaty that set
a political course with contemporary resonance. The historic reunification of Germany
on 3 October 1990 was preceded by months of diplomacy between the two German
nations, the Soviet Union, the United States, France and Britain. The film takes a look
behind the scenes of the crucial talks 30 years ago – with archive footage, historic
documents and largely unknown files from the American intelligence agency the CIA.
In Euromaxx, well-known figures from the world of culture reveal how reunification
impacted upon their life and work. Their reports feature a variety of locations in Berlin
such as Potsdamer Platz, now a symbol of the transformation of the German capital
following the peaceful revolution. The magazine program also presents some of
East Germany’s culinary and creative accomplishments that have survived to this day.
This year’s official ceremony marking German Unity Day is taking place in Potsdam.
Check-in presenter Nicole Frölich takes the opportunity to visit places in the Brandenburg
state capital that are closely associated with the division and eventual reunification
of Germany. One example is the Glienicke Bridge, also known as the “Bridge of Spies,”
where captured agents were often swapped for their Counterparts.
See more highlights and recommendations attached.