German reunification affected social, economic and political institutions in Germany, but none more so than the party system. The West German parties were confronted by challenges and dilemmas concerning their reactions to developments in the DDR and their relations with DDR parties. In East Germany, new parties and political groupings emerged during the dramatic changes which occurred in the second half of 1989 and in 1990. and the former 'block' parties - free of the socialist embrace of the ruling SED party tried to evolve rapidly into suitable panners for their West German counterparts. This book describes the background to the changes which occurred in 1989 and 1990. analyses the developments in the party systems which occurred in both parts of Germany in the period of the so-called 'revolution' in the DDR, traces the relationship between the political parties and the process of German reunification, and then examines the challenges which have confronted the parties in the 'new Germany' since reunification. Geoffrey Roberts frequently visited West and East Germany before, during and after the events of 1989-90, and in this book draws upon information provided by contacts in Germany, as well as a vast range of published information from German sources.
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