United and Divided: Germany since 1990

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Glossary

Abitur: A-level equivalent examination in Germany

Abwicklung: winding up of institutions of higher education

Altersübergangsgeld: benefit between employment and onset of pension

BaföG (Bundesausbildungsförderungsgesetz): federal student loan system

Basic Law: Constitution of West Germany, and since 1990, of Germany

Bleiberecht: right of residence for non-German nationals

BStU (Bundesbeauftragte für die Unterlagen des Staatssicherheitsdienstes der ehemaligen DDR): Federal Authority for the Records of the State Security of the former GDR

Bundesgerichtshof: Federal Court

Bundesländer, see Länder

Bundesrat: Second Chamber of Parliament, representing the Länder

Bundesrechnungshof: Federal Court of Auditors

Bundestag: German parliament; until 1990: West German parliament

CDU: Christian Democratic Union

Christlich Soziale Union, see CSU

Christliche Demokatische Union, see CDU

CSU: Christian Social Union (based only in Bavaria)

DM: Deutschmark, currency in West Germany and united Germany

Dozent: university teacher below the level of professor in the GDR

east Germany, territory of the former GDR since unification

East Germany: territory of the former GDR, i.e. prior to unification

Eigensinn: self-determination

EU: European Union

Fachhochschule: university with vocational focus

FDP: Free Democratic Party

Fraktion: parliamentary party

Freie Demokratische Partei, see FDP

FRG: Federal Republic of Germany

Gastarbeiter: guest worker

GDR: German Democratic Republic

Gemeinschaftsaufgabe: Joint Task promoting development in eastern Germany

Gleichestellungsbeauftragte: Equal Opportunities Officer

Habilitation: second doctorate required for professorship

Hochschule: university

Hochschulrahmengesetz: University Framework Legislation

HV A (Hauptverwaltung Aufklärung): Main Administration for Reconnaissance

Kombinate: large monopolistic state concerns; combines

Kontingentsflüchtlinge: refugee contingent from eastern Europe

Land: German region with its own parliament and government

Länder: German regions, each with its own parliament and government

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