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Worlds together, worlds apart? Assessing the interplay between European integration and German unification (G2E)

The period from the mid-1980s to the mid-1990s witnessed a convergence of sorts. As well as the peaceful revolution in the GDR, which led to German unification, those years saw a massive acceleration and deepening of the European integration process, with the Single European Act, the Single Market Programme, and the Maastricht Treaty as the most important milestones. The two processes intersected most visibly on 3 October 1990 – the day of German unification, but also the day on which the former GDR became part of the European Communities, the predecessor to today's European Union. This conference assesses the intersection and interplay between the processes of European integration and German unification in the decade from the mid-1980s to the mid-1990s.

The conference was held in association with Kiran Klaus Patel's term as scholar-in-residence of the Bundeskanzler-Helmut-Schmidt-Stiftung and the Europa-Kolleg Hamburg, with generous support from both institutions and funded by the City of Hamburg.

The conference took place in Hamburg from 24–25 September 2021. In connection with the conference, writer Ingo Schulze and Kiran Klaus Patel presented their views on the the interplay between German unification and European integration from a literary and scholarly perspective respectively on 23 September 2021.

Please find the conference report on H-Soz-Kult here.