France and the Fall of the Berlin Wall
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This paper explores the attitude of France to the fall of the Berlin Wall and the reunification of Germany. The paper explains that France was opposed to German reunification not simply from a fear of German military power, in spite of the experience of two world wars, but more because of a fear of German economic dominance. The paper further explains that the issue facing France--and other members of the EC--was whether German success would help or hurt her trading partners in the EC. The paper points out, however, that within a short time, France was engaged in shaping the process for everyone in concert with Germany rather than in opposition.
From the Paper:"After World War I, the Allies punished Germany in several ways, including creating difficulties for any economic advancement for the defeated nation. These efforts may have created or at least worsened some of the pressures which would lead later to the onset of another world war. After World War II, treatment of Germany was very different, and Germany responded much as did the other defeated nation, Japan, by building an industrial base and achieving considerable economic growth. The nation was able to sustain this growth and accomplish an economic miracle which continues to this day as Germany has taken a leading economic position among the nations of the unified Economic Union. A number of forces contributed to the economic growth of Germany after the war, beginning with the assistance offered to the defeated nation by the United States and including some economic development in the West as a counter to the Communist system in control of East Germany. By the time of the fall of the Berlin Wall, Germany was again accepted as a Western nation and ally by most of the West, but France continued to have fears about what a reunified Germany would mean, fears expressed by Francois Mitterand at the time."
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