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Archive: The Capital City of Berlin - Documentation

A convincing capital city


16 years after the historical State Capital Resolution by the German Bundestag, Berlin has become an open, forward-looking capital of the Federal Republic of Germany. After initial scepticism, even the critics have been convinced that the choice of Berlin as state capital was a good one. The decision-making process of the constitutional bodies was not simple - this is documented not least by the different agreements regulating the balance of interests. "As little Berlin as possible" was the tenor of the Unification Treaty in consideration of the West German Federal Republic. At that time Berlin was a difficult subject for many. It brought back memories of the Imperial Empire, the National Socialist Era and the "Capital of the GDR". Against all this stood the numerous declarations of intent in the German Bundestag and by leading representatives of the old Federal Republic of Germany, that in the event of unification, Berlin would be made the state capital. The Motion for the Completion of the German Unification was formed in the light of these promises and its resolution was carried by the German Bundestag on the 20 June 1991 - a turning point which marks the start of the story of the "Development Measure for the Capital City of Berlin - Parliamentary and Government Quarter".

Since then, prudent planning of the state capital by both Federation and State has made a substantial contribution to the acceptance of the new location. Reservations against Berlin have become rare. From the Berlin point of view, the reception which the city has received in its function as the state capital for all Germans has been overwhelming.
1999
Laying the first granit slab at Platz der Republik

A successful start for Berlin as a new capital city.

1999 - Laying the first granit slab at Platz der Republik
1999