When Germany defeated Argentina 1-0 on July 8, 1990 in the World Cup final in Rome, the German team in reality was only a West German team. But it was already clear that the next major tournament, the European Championship in Sweden two years later, an all-German team would compete: exactly one week before the final, on July 1, the Monetary Union came into force, which anticipated the unification of the two German States. Just as in the week of July, an event for the history books hunted the other throughout the year 1990. German politicians were driven there by the developments: in the GDR’s economy was in free fall, and the Deutsche mark has displaced already months before the currency Union largely the East German mark, while the exit shaft in the West continued unabated. Both the Government in East Berlin, which emerged from the single free elections in the GDR on 18 March, and the West German Government under Chancellor Helmut Kohl came to the conclusion that the unit should come as soon as possible. Haste was necessary for foreign policy reasons. As the two plus four treaty signed on September 12, 1990, and thus was made possible the reunification of Germany on October 3, already a conflict was broken out outside of Europe, whose Nachwirkungen still preoccupy the world: early August the armies of Iraqi leader Saddam Hussein in Kuwait were invaded. There were harbingers of future conflicts to observe in Europe 1990. The breakup of Yugoslavia, which resulted from the spring of 1991 a series of wars, almost a decade in breath holding the continent, had already begun. Other bad premonitions not – confirmed about which even some Western ally, however, the Germany compromised by the Association to new strength could become a source of unrest in the middle of Europe. . For more about this matter visit page.