This is a picture I took today, showing the room where the socalled "round table" met to discuss a reformation of the former German Democratic Republic in 1989/90. Here the democratic activists from groups like Neues Forum or Demokratischer Aufbruch met representatives of the official GDR government for the first time. They did not discuss a reunification with Western Germany in the first place, but tried to develop ways to build a better eastern state.
Looking back it's obvious that Germany has just been lucky, if you take a look at all those revolutions and conflicts in the world where the involved parties stopped or never even started talking to each other. Here they talked, successfully somehow. But despite the table wasn't even round, in fact, it was round about rectangular, in the end it seemed that while GDR's cons were cut, its pros were rounded down,