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30 Years of German Unity—Is Europe United and Free?

By Dan Hamilton | Published: October 7, 2020

This fall marks the 30th anniversary of Germany’s unification and the signing by over 30 countries of the Charter of Paris, which many consider to be the informal treaty that ended the Cold War. President George H.W. Bush outlined at the time a hopeful vision of a “Europe whole and free.” German Language Village Dean Dan Karl Hamilton offers a comment on what has happened to this vision amidst Europe’s continuing struggles. His article, published in the Austrian daily Der Standard, has been translated into six European languages, including Belarusian. Try your language skills with this four-minute read on how Europe has evolved and its future prospects. You can find the article on Forum.edu in English and German.  (The article is free to read, but requires logging in.)

About the Author

A headshot of Dan Hamilton, wearing a pinstriped navy blue suit, white shirt, baby blue tie and glasses.

Dan Hamilton, dean of Waldsee, the German Language Village, is a leading expert on transatlantic relations and has authored hundreds of publications on issues ranging from global economics to national security. He is the Austrian Marshall Plan Foundation Distinguished Fellow and Director of the Global Europe program at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars in Washington, D.C. He is also a Senior Fellow at Johns Hopkins University SAIS, where he has been a professor of international relations for the past 20 years. He served as a senior diplomat in the U.S. Department of State with Secretaries Warren Christopher and Madeleine Albright.

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