Social integration was one of the major themes expressed as Germans yesterday celebrated the 20th anniversary of their country’s reunification.
Chancellor Angela Merkel and President Christian Wulff joined other political figures in Bremen to mark the occasion which has now become a public holiday.
President Wulff had earlier looked to the future, calling on his countrymen to work to integrate the country’s four million Muslims, acknowledging that Islam was now part of a modern Germany.
Germany became today’s single nation state just 11 months after the fall of the Berlin Wall.
Tributes were paid to the courage of those who threw off the shackles of Communism ending 40 years of division between the Soviet-controlled East and the democratic West.