June 27, 1999 |
The German government began the long-awaited move from its provisional postwar capital of Bonn to its new home in Berlin on Saturday as the first Cabinet minister and his team made the 380-mile journey eastward. Construction Minister Franz Muentefering, who is also in charge of the move, led the way to Berlin. By the end of the summer, Chancellor Gerhard Schroeder's government, the 669-member Parliament and 15 ministries will have moved from the Rhine River town of Bonn to Berlin.
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.
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.
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.
November 2, 1990 |
These should be heady times for Berlin. Its existence as a Cold War flash point has ended, much of the 100-mile wall that divided the city between East and West has disappeared and experts predict that once the federal government returns, the city's population of 3.3 million could quickly double, making the city the most important power center between Washington and Moscow. Only one problem stands in the way of Berlin's rosy-looking future: Bonn.