הגדלה (© colourbox.com) Berlin – the divided city. That was the status quo after the 1948 blockade and the construction of the Wall in 1961. Berlin suffered profoundly from the division of Europe in the wake of the Second World War. It became a curious idiosyncrasy of history. Berlin (East) – capital of the GDR. Berlin (West) – an island in the midst of hostile territory, supported by the West yet not governed by the West German government. And then the Wall fell, on 9th November 1989.
On 3rd October 1990 Berlin once again became a united city in legal terms too, a city-state that is also an industrial and service centre, as well as a venue for trade fairs and congresses.
הגדלה Teaching and research facilities, in conjunction with a diverse cultural scene, complete the picture of a metropolis ready to set off for new shores. Berlin’s central location is regaining its former significance nowadays, as Europe’s focus has extended beyond the west of the continent. The capital of the Mark Brandenburg, Prussia and the German Empire was always shaped by tolerance and openness towards cultural and political progress. These are the traditions that Berlin will pick up on as Germany’s capital.
With kind permission of the Bundesrat (September 2010)