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Kurt Huebner (UBC) comments on Twenty Years of German Unification: "What's in the box?"

What's in the box? Kurt Huebner, University of British Columbia

When the second Unification Treaty came into effect on October 3 1990, the political and socio-economic unification of Germany eventually was put on a track of institutional convergence that already started with the Economic and Social Unification from July of the same year that included the introduction of the Deutschmark. The former East was supposed to adjust to the social, political and economic institutions of the West in order to become the smaller outfit of Model Germany. The German case differs in many respects from transition and transformation processes in other former Communist countries. It is unique in the sense that the former German Democratic Republic is the only country out of this group that was integrated into a already existing (and highly successful) democratic capitalist market economy.