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Photo Gallery: Did a Currency Fall Victim to Reunification?

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The Price of Unity Was the Deutsche Mark Sacrificed for Reunification?

As the German people celebrated the fall of the Berlin Wall, the governments in Bonn and Paris were secretly haggling over European monetary union. According to internal government documents, the negotiations almost collapsed. Was West Germany's beloved currency, the deutsche mark, sacrificed at the altar of reunification to win France's support?
Translated from the German by Jan Libelt