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Introduction Germany lies in central Europe It borders France Switzerland Austria Czechoslovakia Poland Denmark Netherlands Belgium and Luxembourg and it has a short coastline on the North and Baltic Seas The northern part of the country is mostly flat The terrain is hilly in Central and Southern Germany The Alps run along the border with Austria More than one quarter of the land is still under forest cover Major rivers include Rhine in the west Danube in the south Elbe and Weser in the north and Oder in the east The climate is moderate mild summers and cool winters Major exports are machinery motor vehicles electrical equipment and chemicals The estimated population in 1996 was 7703000 Germanys capital and largest city is Berlin Germany is a federal republic the governments main bodies include a parliament a federal chancellor and a cabinet In order to better understand the present state in Germany I am presenting a brief political summary History Germany was a unified country from 1871 to 1945 When Hitler committed suicide in Berlin that year Germany was left in ruins Bombings had destroyed cities industries and transportation Victorious allies agreed to divide Germany into four zones but they could not agree on how to reunite the four zones As a result in 1949 Germany was divided into two states the Federal Republic of GermanyWest Germany which emerged from the three western zones USA Great Britain and France and the German Democratic Republic East Germany created from the Soviet Unions zone West Germany Any chance that Germany may have reunified in the 1950s was erased by Conrad Adenauer West German Chancellor Adenauer did not trust Soviet intentions and
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