The Germans: Portrait of a New Nation

The Germans: Portrait of a New Nation

The Germans: Portrait of a New Nation

The Germans: Portrait of a New Nation

Synopsis

Today, five years after unification, Germany is emerging as Europe's most influential country. Who are the Germans today? How can we better understand the profound changes taking place in Germany, and how will these changes affect American interests? The Germans: Portrait of a New Nation is the companion book to the one-hour television documentary of the same name. The producers of the film spent hundreds of hours with four German families - two from the former East and two from the former West. The result is an in-depth look at how unification has affected Germany's people. The bilingual book contains interviews with these families and commentary by leading public officials and experts, including Executive Editor Jeffrey Gedmin's exclusive interview with German Chancellor Helmut Kohl.

Excerpt

Since unification, Germany has confronted formidable economic challenges. an aging population, declining birth rates, and a shrinking workforce threaten to hobble its economy. unification has meant integrating 16 and a half million new claimants from the east into Germany's generous welfare state.

While reconstruction of eastern Germany has proceeded, a changing international environment has placed additional strain on the German system. foreign competition has forced German business and industry into painful restructuring.

Photo courtesy of German information center, New York

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