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150 years of German history and nothing to celebrate?

On January 18th, 2021, what was left of Germany after World War II and finally reunited on October 3rd, 1990, could and should have celebrated that 150 years ago, on January 18th, 1871, Prussian Prime Minister Otto von Bismarck (1815–1890), nicknamed the “Iron Chancellor”, finally had the chance to establish a German nation-state. Aside...

150 years of German history and nothing to celebrate?

On January 18th, 2021, what was left of Germany after World War II and finally reunited on October 3rd, 1990, could and should have celebrated that 150 years ago, on January 18th, 1871, Prussian Prime Minister Otto von Bismarck (1815–1890), nicknamed the “Iron Chancellor”, finally had the chance to establish a German nation-state. Aside from a few conservative student fraternities, for the majority of the population of the Federal Republic of Germany (FRG), the process of the founding of the second Empire “is either no longer present in the collective memory” or “no longer...

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Oppositional TPP held its first National Convention in Taipei

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