Based on an invitation by the Hanns Seidel Foundation, County Chief Dr. Michael Koch from Bad Hersfeld-Rotenburg and Christine Trinks, the district's commissioner for the Future, travelled to Korea, where they held political talks in Cheolwon County, which is located in the Gangwon Province on the inner-Korean border, and participated in the opening ceremony of the exhibition on the former inner-German border at the Gangwon DMZ Museum.
As a country which has experienced division and reunification, the German experiences with these situations and view on the recent developments on the Korean peninsula is of great interest to many Koreans. Therefore, the Seoul National University GSPA and the Hanns Seidel Foundation held the conference “Germany and Korea: Integration and Unification” on October 10th, which dealt with exactly these issues and gave both Korean and German experts and interested audience members a chance to exchange information and opinions on reunification.
28 years after the peaceful unification of Germany, the history of division slowly fades away from the memory of people. At the same time, unfortunately, in Korea the history of division is still reality today. The commemoration of division and its reasons therefore are important in Korea, and they remain important for Germany, too. This is the reason why Hanns-Seidel-Foundation Korea cooperates since its beginning in 2009 with the Gangwon DMZ museum in Goseong, directly at the inner-Korean border.
The latest issue of the magazine “The Unified Korea”, which deals with topics concerning Korean unification, has been published by the Institute for Peace Affairs, a long-standing partner of the Hanns Seidel Foundation in Korea. Dr. Bernhard Seliger, Representative of HSF Korea, published an article that can be found on pages 38 to 41.
This year Germany celebrated already for the 28th time the German reunification. Not only in Germany, but also in Korea, which still today is divided into DPR Korea and the Republic of Korea, this was taken as an occasion to toast to it.