GERMANY'S unification was approved by the entire world community. It meant the recognition of the German people's will, the triumph of justice and common sense.
German reunification did not promise to be easy and painless, as the states were based on completely different social and economic structures.
Actual politics, however, while not questioning the appropriateness of this reconciliation, negatively affect its prospects. Parliamentary secretaries of all the groups in the FRG Bundestag decided to deny the status of a parliamentary group to 24 deputies of the Party of Democratic Socialism.
This discriminatory move was made immediately after the first elections to provincial parliaments on territory that was formerly the German Democratic Republic. At these elections the PDS received considerable support from the population, receiving about 11 percent of the poll. This success promises the party good chances at elections to the common German parliament.
Is there no respect for the will of millions of PDS supporters and those who may support it tomorrow? How can these discriminatory measures exist side-by-side with principles of a rule-of-law state?
The PDS is a lawful and viable democratic force and an important factor in the country's political life. The secretaries' decision runs counter to the treaty on unification between the Federal Republic of Germany and the German Democratic Republic.
Attempts to resolve problems by undemocratic methods, whatever the reasons, do nothing to overcome the old logic of confrontation, which inevitably leads to animosity and division, not reconciliation.