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Germany to advise South Korea on future reunification

The Local · 1 Oct 2010, 16:15

Published: 01 Oct 2010 16:15 GMT+02:00

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The ministry's parliamentary state secretary, Christoph Bergner, signed a memorandum of understanding with Chun Sig Kim, South Korea's deputy minister in charge of reunification questions, outlining how Berlin might advise Seoul on reunification matters, a statement said.

Measures include the setting up of a committee of experts to look at how the German reunification model might be applied to Korea.

On Sunday Germany celebrates the 20th anniversary of its reunification after the end of the Cold War division of the country between communist East and capitalist West.

Korea was united until 1948 when it was split between communist North and capitalist South. This was followed by all-out war between the two states from 1950 to 1953.

"Of course we know that every country has its own historical and political conditions and characteristics. But we are willing to share our insight and experience as regards the resolution of the German question and the rebuilding of eastern Germany," Bergner said in a statement.

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22:05 October 1, 2010 by wxman
I was stationed in Korea in 1970. Let me put the response in the local parlance when speaking English: "Nebba hoppen".
17:54 October 2, 2010 by Bushdiver
Well I hope they didn't bring up the temporary (HA!Ha!) reunification tax.
14:37 October 4, 2010 by domiDDD
Right on the money Bushdiver.
15:18 October 4, 2010 by D R Jones
It will happen, North Korea cannot survive as it is. Their people are straving and they want change.
01:29 October 7, 2010 by enfanterrible
First of all, it¦#39;s pathetic that there¦#39;s never a shortage of bigots who think making derogatory reference in so-called ¦quot;local parlance¦quot; is funny … save the jokes for the next KKK meeting.

Secondly, given the history of the German reunification … and more relevantly, all the post-reunification complications and animosity between the former East and West Germans, I would think that Germany is not be best country to advise the Koreas on their reunification process.

Instead, the German government should spend more time, energy and resources on unifying their own citizens.
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