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Frank Mader, former press attache of the embassy of the GDR (German Democratic Republic) in Washington, poses for a photo after an interview with the Associated Press in Berlin, Germany, Thursday, Sept. 24, 2020. Germany marks 30 years since its reunification between communist East Germany and capitalist West Germany, (AP Photo/Michael Sohn)

From Communist cadre to Coca-Cola rep: An East German story

Oct. 2, 2020 3:09 AM EDT

BERLIN (AP) — A few miles from the former Berlin Wall, Frank Mader reflects on a life divided between East and West, a tale of two halves that don't fit neatly together but which captures the twists and contradictions of Germany's journey 30 years since its reunification. Mader, an energetic 65-year-old,...

A former East German watch tower stands on a hill high above the former border area between East and West Germany in Unterweid, eastern Germany, Monday, Sept. 21, 2020. Thirty years after Germany was reunited on Oct. 3, 1990, many once-decrepit city centers in the formerly communist east have been painstakingly restored and new factories have sprung up. But many companies and facilities didn't survive the abrupt transition to capitalism inefficient companies found themselves struggling to compete in a market economy, while demand for eastern products slumped and outdated facilities were shut down.  (AP Photo/Michael Probst)

AP PHOTOS: Remnants of East Germany, 30 years after its end

Sep. 29, 2020 4:32 PM EDT

EISENACH, Germany (AP) — Thirty years after Germany was reunited, many once-decrepit city centers in the formerly communist east have been painstakingly restored and new factories have sprung up. But many companies and facilities didn't survive the abrupt transition to capitalism. The mighty West German...

FILE -- In this Saturday, July 20, 2019 file photo German Chancellor Angela Merkel, center right, and German Defence Minister Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer, center left, bow in front of soldiers during an oath-taking ceremony of the German army at the Defence Ministry in Berlin, Germany. Germany's defense minister is apologizing for decades of discrimination against gay servicepeople in the military until a change of policy in 2000. A study commissioned by the defense ministry and being presented Thursday documented “systematic discrimination” from 1955 until the end of the 20th century. (AP Photo/Michael Sohn)

Germany apologizes for past military anti-gay discrimination

Sep. 17, 2020 4:34 AM EDT

BERLIN (AP) — Germany's defense minister is apologizing for decades of discrimination against gay servicepeople in the military until a change of policy in 2000. A study commissioned by the defense ministry and being presented Thursday documented “systematic discrimination” in the Bundeswehr...