Merkel gives final German Unity Day address as chancellor

Germany is marking the 31st anniversary of re-unification. It was on this day in 1990 that a treaty reuniting the former East and West Germany went into effect following the fall of the Berlin Wall a year earlier. This year’s ceremonies are being held in Halle in the eastern state of Saxony-Anhalt. Starting with a church service attended by Chancellor Angela Merkel, President Frank-Walter Steinmeier and other dignitaries. After 16 years as Chancellor, this is the last Unity Day event Merkel will attend in her official capacity.