Oliver Schmidtke – Triggers for the East-West divide after the Fall of the Wall

Oliver Schmidtke, UVic European Studies Scholar and Jean Monnet Chair in European History and Politics, University of Victoria

Triggers for the East-West divide after the Fall of the Wall: Even after twenty years united Germany still suffers from an East-West divide. Oliver Schmidtke argues that one of the critical factors creating and nurturing this divide is a fundamental shortcoming in how the unification process was organized: German unification came about as a union between two very unequal partners. As a result, many East Germans never developed of sense of ‘ownership’ with view to the united Germany.