The Federal Republic of Germany
or West Germany (in German: Bundesrepublik Deutschland
or BRD) was proclaimed May 23
and included the post-World War II UK
, and French occupation zones. West Germany joined NATO
on May 9
and thus became a focus of the Cold War
with its juxtaposition to Warsaw Pact
member East Germany
(the capital, Berlin
, was also divided but was completely within East Germany).
After the fall of the Berlin Wall on November 9, 1989, the unification of West Germany and East Germany took place October 3, 1990; all four powers formally relinquished rights March 15, 1991.
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