The Significance of German Reunification Retrospectively and in the Present Day

The reunification of Germany was one of the most significant events in the history of modern Europe. Consequently, its resounding impact on German society and its geopolitical effects on Europe and on U.S.-transatlantic relations are highly relevant. This German reunification discussion commemorates the 30th anniversary of this pivotal moment. It featured special addresses from two distinguished global leaders: Her Excellency Angela Merkel, Chancellor of the Federal Republic of Germany, and Secretary James A. Baker, III, the Baker Institute’s honorary chair.

Additionally, the panel discussion featuring Horst Teltschik, foreign policy advisor to former Chancellor Helmut Kohl, and Peter C. Caldwell, the Samuel G. McCann Professor of History at Rice University included unique perspectives on the effects of German reunification. Allen Matusow, the academic affairs director at the Baker Institute, moderated the discussion.

This event was co-sponsored by the Baker Institute, the George & Barbara Bush Foundation, and the German Consulate General in Houston. Ambassador Edward Djerejian, the Director of the Baker Institute; the Honorable Andrew H. Card, Jr., Bush Foundation Interim CEO, former White House chief of staff, and former U.S. secretary of transportation; and Thomas H. Meister, the consul general of Germany in Houston also offered remarks during the program. 


1:00 p.m.    


Ambassador Edward P. Djerejian
Director, Baker Institute for Public Policy

1:05 p.m.    


The Honorable James A. Baker, III
Honorary Chair, Rice University’s Baker Institute for Public Policy; former U.S. Secretary of State, Secretary of the Treasury and White House Chief of Staff

1:10 p.m.    


Her Excellency Angela Merkel
Chancellor, Federal Republic of Germany

1:15 p.m.    


Moderated by: Allen Matusow, Ph.D., Baker Institute Academic Affairs Director; William Gaines Twyman Professor Emeritus of History, Rice University

Peter C. Caldwell, Ph.D.
Samuel G. McCann Professor of History, Rice University

Horst Teltschik
Foreign Policy Advisor to former Chancellor Helmut Kohl

1:50 p.m.    


Thomas H. Meister
Consul General of Germany in Houston

The Honorable Andrew H. Card, Jr.
Interim CEO, George and Barbara Bush Foundation; former White House Chief of Staff and U.S. Secretary of Transportation

German Reunification Event