As we are rapidly approaching the 60th anniversary of the Federal Republic of Germany (and the defunct German Democratic Republic), Länderreport of the Deutschlandradio Kultur has been revisiting the history of the east German Länder. Interesting listening, provided you understand German.
Here are the links to the individual programmes:
One question which merits consideration: Was the (re)partitioning of the GDR into five länder the best solution – the Berlin-Brandenburg problem is one aspect, the economic problems of most of the new Länder another – or should the GDR have been partitioned in two or three states? Also: Was the reunification a missed window of opportunity for a reform of the organisation of the west-German Länder, both in terms of geographical and bureaucratic structures?