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Germany marks 60 years of postwar constitution | Germany | Deutsche Welle | 22.05.2009
Germany's leaders have celebrated the 60th anniversary of the country's "Basic Law." President Horst Koehler lauded the post-World War II constitution for ensuring freedom and prosperity in a democratic system. 

In an official state act at Berlin's Gendarmenmarkt Concert Hall on Friday, President Horst Koehler lauded 60 years of the German postwar constitution, saying it had turned Germany into a "mature democracy."

He said the founding fathers of the Federal Republic of Germany "had drawn lessons from the collapse of the Weimar Republic. They also learned from the Nazi dictatorship by creating a constitution that laid solid foundations for a free and just society," he added.

The Weimar Republic (1919-1933) was Germany's first attempt at creating a democratic system.

Kohler said the postwar transformation of Western Germany into a c

by Fran on Fri May 22nd, 2009 at 01:53:00 PM EST
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