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Germany

Bundesrepublik Deutschland (Federal Republic of Germany)
  • Brian Hunter
Part of the The Statesman’s Yearbook book series (SYBK)

Abstract

Following the unconditional surrender of the German armed forces on 8 May 1945 there was no central authority whose writ ran in the whole of Germany, and consequently no peace treaty was signed. France, the USSR, the UK and the USA assumed supreme authority over Germany by the Berlin Declaration of 5 June 1945. Each was allotted an occupation zone, in which the supreme power was to be exercised by the commander-in-chief in that zone (see map in The Statesman’s Year-Book, 1947). Jointly these 4 commanders-in-chief constituted the Allied Control Council in Berlin, which was to be competent in all ‘matters affecting Germany as a whole’. The territory of Greater Berlin, divided into 4 sectors, was to be governed as an entity by the 4 occupying powers.

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