13 September 1990: Reunited Germany, Europe’s weightiest nation, has a new, pivotal role

Only 20 days remain before Germany is reunited and restored to full sovereignty, 45 years after it was divided as the price of defeat.

But the new Germany emerging less than a year after peaceful revolution in the East has agreed to live within borders that reduce previous German territory, to renounce war except under strict conditions and, most critically, to hand over parts of its sovereignty at the very moment it comes into being.

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