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German leaders celebrate 29 years of unity with events in Kiel

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German Chancellor Angela Merkel and President Frank-Walter Steinmeier were in the northern city of Kiel on Thursday for commemorations marking the country’s reunification 29 years ago.

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They were joined by the President of the Bundestag, Wolfgang Schaeuble, and the Prime Minister of Schleswig-Holstein, Daniel Guenther, in signing the city’s Golden Book.

They were, however, expected to attend an ecumenical service, followed by an official ceremony, during which Merkel and Guenther would deliver a speech.

The national celebrations for German Unity Day are traditionally hosted by the state that holds the Bundesrat Presidency, which is currently Schleswig-Holstein.

However, Germany will be marking 30 years since the fall of the Berlin Wall on Nov. 9.

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This, it said, gave impetus to a process that eventually led to the reunification of the former states of East and West Germany on Oct. 3, 1990.


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