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A united Germany's capital since 1999, Berlin has evolved into a cosmopolitan city to rival both London and Paris. Following World War II and the fall of the Nazi regime, Berlin became a divided city, partitioned into British, French and American zones in the west, and a Soviet zone to the east. The western zones gradually merged into West Berlin while the eastern zone continued to fall under Soviet rule. Following the collapse of the Berlin wall in 1989, the city's two haves were re-united and eventually became Germany's capital, yet again. *** Local Caption *** The Palace of the Republic. The Bundestag (German's Parliament) voted by an overwhelming majority to tear down the builing, which opened in 1976 to house both the East German parliament and an entertainment complex that was unparalleled behind the Iron Curtain.