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Angela Merkel

The final challenge for German reunification

The east-west divisions that still exist in Germany 25 years after it reunited no longer look unbridgeable -- except perhaps one, which has to do with the top item on today's political agenda: immigration. In the first seconds of October 3, 1990, the German flag was hoisted in front of the Reichstag building in Berlin and fireworks crisscrossed the sky, as people celebrated the country's unification. The Federal Republic of Germany swallowed up the former German Democratic Republic, acquiring what are still called the "neue Bundeslaender," or new federal states: Brandenburg, Mecklenburg-Vorpommern, Saxony, Saxony-Anhalt and Thuringia. The new Germany also reincorporated...