The Domestic Politics of German Unification

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ly economic ones -- show. In this sense, the Bundestag election of December 2 was a moment of silence and of reflection, a halt along the way.

Considering that just one year lay between the opening of the Wall and that election, the constitutional and political structure of the new Federal Republic, but also her people, passed the first democratic test quite well. There was no outbreak of nationalistic feelings or a new German Großmannssucht (megalomania), but rather a lot of thoughtfulness, a lot of uncertainty regarding the future role of Germany in the world, and, also, a lot of Kleinmut (dejection).

The 1992 state elections in Baden-Württemberg and SchleswigHolstein have signaled to political leaders that voters are presently dissatisfied with the way political actors are coping with the political and social consequences of unification. Politicians have gone almost two years without any state elections. But 1994 will be the year of truth. With state elections coming up in Bavaria, Brandenburg, Berlin, Lower Saxony, Mecklenburg-Vorpommern, Saxony, Saxony-Anhalt, and Thuringia, the European election and a set of community elections, plus the next Bundestag election, political institutions and political culture in the united Germany will be put to the first real test since the Federal Republic was founded in 1949. It is probably little consolation that six more state elections will follow in 1995.


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