Integration into the West – understanding with the East
Bonn's location on the Rhine symbolised the German policy of integration into the democratic West pursued by Konrad Adenauer, the first Federal Chancellor. Bonn also stands for understanding with the East, initiated by the then Federal Chancellor Willy Brandt with the "Neue Ostpolitik" ("new Eastern policy") of the early 1970s.
When the German parliament decided to relocate the parliament and parts of the government to Berlin in 1991, Bonn's successful development into an international location began. Bonn is now the second political centre of Germany, and a top-level location for economy and science. And the city is continuing to develop!
Federal City of Bonn
Bonn has held the title of "Federal City" since 1994. This is more than just a retrospective recognition of the city's almost five decades of being home to the German government - it is also an indication of Bonn's important national and international role for the future, as Germany's second political powerhouse with six important federal ministries and numerous federal authorities, as the home of the UN in Germany and as an internationally recognised centre for issues of the future, including:
- Education and Science, Culture, Research and Technology, Telecommunications
- Environment and Health
- Food, Agriculture, and Forestry
- Economic Co-operation and Development Policy