- a former republic in central Europe: created in 1949 by the coalescing of the British, French, and U.S. zones of occupied Germany established in 1945. 96,025 sq. mi. (248,706 sq. km). Capital: Bonn.
Official name Federal Republic of Germany.
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- of or relating to the former republic of West Germany (now part of Germany) or its inhabitants
- a native or inhabitant of the former West Germany
- a former republic in N central Europe, on the North Sea: established in 1949 from the zones of Germany occupied by the British, Americans, and French after the defeat of Nazi Germany; a member of the European Community; reunited with East Germany in 1990Official name: Federal Republic of Germany See also Germany
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West Germany was a member of NATO.
The Bonn Convention in 1952 essentially granted West Germany national sovereignty. In 1955, West Germany was recognized as an independent country.
It made a swift recovery, called the “economic miracle” from the devastation of World War II.
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