The Legal Status of West Berlin

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government, Germany, West Berlin, foreign affairs, Cold War era, foreign occupation


Diplomatic History | European History | International and Area Studies | International Relations | Political Science | Public Affairs, Public Policy and Public Administration


"Berlin...is one of the strangest governmental phenomena of modern times. Since 1945, it has been 'capital' or 'headquarters' of eight major governmental units, including four occupational regimes, one German 'national government,' and three metropolitan governments. In addition, there are four unilateral Allied occupational administrations, and the twenty city boroughs. This comprises a total of some thirty elements of government, each with its own powers and administrative machinery."

The problem of defining the government of Berlin is one which cannot be discussed in a paragraph or a page. As can be seen from the above quotation, the government of this metropolitan center in the heart of Europe is a complex one. The responsibilities and inter-relationships of this multitude of different governmental bodies is such that it is hard to pinpoint them. From year to year they change with striking rapidity.

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