The Federal Republic of Germany Turns 60

I have been seeing programs in the German television last week in relation to the celebration of The Federal Republic of Germany. I also heard a lot of advertisements over the radio and read in our daily Tagblatt or newspaper about the 60th anniversary of the founding of the democratic Federal Republic of Germany. Yesterday, May 23, 2009 was the 60th anniversary of such founding. I believed that being a new citizen of this country , I should be aware of all the issues that surrounds me especially the issues about German politics, culture and tradition, history, people, economy and many more. It is not only the issues about Germany that I need to know but around the world as a whole. Here are some news and information about this celebration.

The year 2009 is a big one for Germany. This weekend marks 60 years since the postwar founding of German democracy. SPIEGEL ONLINE has collected a series of photos documenting Germany’s rise out of the ashes of war, and some of the hurdles along the way.

Germany has no shortage of events to celebrate in 2009. This fall, it will be exactly two decades since the fall of the Berlin Wall, the landmark event which led to the reunification of Germany.

And on Saturday, the country will mark the 60th anniversary of the founding of the democratic Federal Republic of Germany. Indeed, the latter is just as astounding as the collapse of communist East Germany. After Germany was thoroughly devastated in World War II, an economic phoenix rose from the ashes.

The new constitution was signed on May 23, 1949 in Bonn, which would be West Germany’s capital until it ceded to post-reunification Berlin in 1999. At the time, the country was in worse shape than it had ever been. World War II and the Holocaust had transformed Germany into a pariah among nations. What had once been the home of poets and thinkers, admired across the world, was now denounced as the refuge of inveterate warmongers, murderers and barbarians. Wherever they traveled, Germans were looked upon as criminals. Their country was divided among the war’s victors, and it barely escaped being completely broken up and transformed into an agrarian state with no industry.

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