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14 Years of German Unification

Germany has officially been a united country for 14 years. The joyous scenes of reunification which inspired the world when the Berlin Wall fell on Nov. 9, 1989, have remained images of hope, beacons of reconcilliation and the evidence that incredible social change could be achieved against amazing odds.

But the pictures of fireworks over Berlin and the streets filled with embracing Germans are in danger of seeping into a rose tint in the face of the increasingly harsh reality of a united Germany.

Escalating costs, shaky economic side-effects, discrepencies in living standards and employment opportunities have been the flip side of the euphoria created by the healing of a nation divided for 41 years. However, Germany continues to work at the problems arising from the recovery process.

Here, DW-WORLD presents a series of articles documenting the ups and downs experienced in the past 12 months since the last celebration.

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