Why weren't East and West Germany admitted to the United Nations until 1973?
September 16, 2010 8:38 AM   Subscribe

Why were neither East nor West Germany admitted to the United Nations until 1973?

Seems a little later than I expected, was curious if there was a story here...
posted by jrb223 to Law & Government (3 answers total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
Best answer: from Wikipedia:
"According to the Hallstein Doctrine, any country (with the exception of the USSR) that recognised the authorities of the German Democratic Republic would not have diplomatic relations with West Germany.

In the early 1970s, Willy Brandt's policy of "New Ostpolitik" led to a form of mutual recognition between East and West Germany. The Treaty of Moscow (August 1970), the Treaty of Warsaw (December 1970), the Four Power Agreement on Berlin (September 1971), the Transit Agreement (May 1972), and the Basic Treaty (December 1972) helped to normalise relations between East and West Germany and led to both German states joining the United Nations. The Hallstein Doctrine was abolished."

They could only join the UN after they ceased to claim that they each represented the true singular Germany.
posted by acidic at 8:45 AM on September 16, 2010 [2 favorites]

Response by poster: fascinating, thank you.
posted by jrb223 at 9:00 AM on September 16, 2010

A similar form of "either him or me but not both" exists now regarding the PRC and Taiwan. Until about that same time, Taiwan was a member of the UN (under the name "China") and the PRC was not.

Now the PRC is a member (and a veto power) and Taiwan is no longer a member.
posted by Chocolate Pickle at 10:22 AM on September 16, 2010

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