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Germany, in 1971, had been ruled by a Communist Government. Erich Honecker ruled this Communist Party and used Stasi, a form of secret police, to rule Germany. To Honecker's dismay, in 1989, many East Germans fled their country and mass demonstrations against his harsh regime began in the fall.
On November 9, the Communist Government surrendered by opening its border to the West. East Germans swarmed across the border, reuniting with friends and family. People on both sides of the Berlin wall began tearing it down. The government, with no other option, ordered to have the rest of the wall torn down.
During East Germany's first free election, the Christian Democrats won almost 50% of the vote. The Christian Democrats supported political union with West Germany. The reunification of both East and West occurred on October 3, 1989. Despite the earlier problems in the year of 1989, by the end of 1990 the countries of West and East Germany had fully reunited to form one Germany.
East Germany's first free election: March 1990
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