The great and the good in Germany are celebrating six decades of democratic freedom, 60 years after the adoption of a post-war constitution, and co-incidentally, 20 years after the fall of the Berlin Wall.
The anniversary comes as Germans rediscover a sense of patriotism and self-confidence, after rejecting the aggression of the early 20th century. Many people, especially the young, are particularly relaxed, and studies show feelings of communal pride are rising strongly. Germany’s unhappy past is just that for many – the past. A strong commitment to Europe has come to define the country’s outlook. After 1945, politicians embraced the European project as a way to nurture the post-war system and public support for the EU remains deep. The constitution’s actual birthday is tomorrow, with more festivities planned at the Brandenburg Gate in Berlin.