April 20, 1999 |
Chancellor Gerhard Schroeder heralded the "culmination of German unity" Monday as he ushered parliament back to Berlin's radically altered Reichstag, ending the capital's 50 years of exile in a Rhine River village and, perhaps, the stigma of Germany as a threat to world peace.
December 7, 1992 |
Bonn Seen as Site for New European Central Bank: Bonn, the former West German capital, is expected to be named the headquarters for the European Community's future central bank this week at an EC summit in Edinburgh, Scotland, the Times of London said. Quoting French and German sources, the newspaper said the bank will go to Bonn as British Prime Minister John Major pursues an operational unit--perhaps dealing with foreign exchange--for London.
July 6, 1991 |
This city, which lost out to Berlin as united Germany's seat of government, was handed a consolation prize Friday when the upper house of Parliament voted, as expected, to stay here for the time being. The small but influential Bundesrat--made up of representatives of Germany's 16 states--voted 38-30 in favor of remaining in this quiet Rhineside town. The powerful lower house, the Bundestag, voted on June 20 to move itself and the government from Bonn to Berlin by the end of the century.
June 21, 1991 |
Forty-six years after it lay smoldering in the ruins of the Third Reich, Berlin reclaimed its glory as the capital of Germany when Parliament voted 337 to 320 Thursday to abandon Bonn and "complete the unification" process. After 11 marathon hours of debate, weary lawmakers decided to gradually move the Bundestag, or lower house of Parliament, and the seat of government to the country's historic capital over the next 10 to 12 years.
June 18, 1991
The Bundestag, or lower house of the Parliament, meets Thursday to vote on one of the most divisive issues in unified Germany: whether to keep the country's capital in Bonn or move it to Berlin. Whatever the vote, the decision must be ratified Friday by the Bundesrat, or upper house. Shifting the seat of government would cost billions of marks and take a decade to complete, the government estimates.
April 24, 1991 |
Chancellor Helmut Kohl called Tuesday for Germany to slowly shift its capital from Bonn to Berlin, saying the city that once tragically symbolized their division is the best place for east and west Germans to now grow together. But in breaking his long silence on the highly emotional issue, Kohl said it would be "a terrible mistake" to attempt to complete such a transition before the year 2000. He added that Bonn should retain some high-profile ministries, such as defense and the postal service.