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Lying in the heart of Europe, the territory that is now Germany has since the Middle Ages been the crossroads of the continent, a wellspring of art and music, science and war. Since its unification in the 19th century, no nation has arguably had a greater say in the economic and political fate of Europe than Germany.

How much do you know about the land of Beethoven, Kant, and schnitzel?

14. The German state has seen many iterations of borders and styles of government since unification in 1871. The Germany we know today took form in what year?

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A fireworks display in 2009 over Berlin's Brandenburg Gate commemorates the 20th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall.

1945, following the defeat of the Nazis by the Allies in World War II

1989, following the fall of the Berlin Wall

1990, following East Germany’s accession into the Federal Republic of Germany

2002, following the adoption of the euro to replace the Deutsche mark

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