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The Happiest Year in Recent German History

Wolfgang Schäuble | Posted 11.07.2014 | World
Wolfgang Schäuble

On the evening of the 9th of November 1989, when the message came in that the Berlin Wall was open, I was sitting in the Chancellery in Bonn, in a meeting on the issue of housing migrants from the German Democratic Republic. The session wasn't continued. Everyone stormed to the nearest television sets.

Fall of the Red Empire

Eric Margolis | Posted 11.07.2014 | Politics
Eric Margolis

Twenty-five years ago this week, the Soviet empire in Eastern Europe was collapsing. The Berlin Wall had been breached. The Communist East German government was literally swept away by the storm tide of history.

Why Gorbachev Feels Betrayed By The Post-Cold War West

The WorldPost | Nathan Gardels | Posted 11.07.2014 | World

On the 25th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall, Mikhail Gorbachev, the last Soviet leader, remains a hero in the West. But the West is no long...

10 Great Escapes Across The Berlin Wall

The Huffington Post | Charlotte Alfred | Posted 11.07.2014 | World

For 28 years, communist-controlled East Germany was cut off from the capitalist enclave of West Berlin by a barrier of concrete, barbed wire and heavi...

25 Years After The Fall Of The Wall, These Photos Merge Past And Present, East And West

The Huffington Post | Chris McGonigal & Eline Gordts | Posted 11.08.2014 | World

On November 9, 1989, thousands of East Berliners headed to the borders that had separated them from the western part of their city and demanded to be ...

25 Years Later, Another Wall Is Rising Between the West and Russia

Artyom Lukin | Posted 11.07.2014 | World
Artyom Lukin

The end of the Cold War, epitomized by the Berlin Wall destruction, quickly came to be seen by the West as its own triumphant victory and the USSR/Russia's unconditional surrender. Hence Russia was to be treated as a second-rank country, a regional power at best, that was expected to obediently follow whatever directions may have come from Washington and Brussels. The problem was the Russians did not share this view of themselves as a defeated nation obliged to accept the victors' terms.

What Does German Unity Mean to the Post-Cold War Generation?

Manfred Wilke | Posted 11.07.2014 | World
Manfred Wilke

The Fall of the Wall in 1989 wasn't this generation's emotional joint "German" experience; more probably, the FIFA World Cup 2006 was.

The Rise and Fall of the Berlin Wall

Victor Dorff | Posted 11.06.2014 | Travel
Victor Dorff

Twenty-five years ago this week, the unthinkable happened. On November 9, 1989, East Germany opened the gates, allowing its citizens to travel west. On a recent tour of Berlin, I was struck by how often the "unthinkable" suddenly becomes reality,

Rediscovering Berlin 25 Years After the Fall of the Wall

Vayable | Posted 11.06.2014 | Travel
Vayable

One of the things to love about Berlin is that -- as historically rich as it is -- it's also an incredibly forward-looking city, bustling with new art, creative types, great food, and sights to see that seem to change by the hour.

When the Wall Came Tumbling Down: The American Public and Berlin

Paul Herrnson | Posted 11.17.2014 | Politics
Paul Herrnson

Though Ronald Reagan's call to "tear down this wall" has come to be iconic of his role in the last days of the Cold War, Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev was widely seen as the leader primarily responsible for the change.

The Other Berlin Wall -- and What It Can Teach Us Today

Robert F. Darden | Posted 11.05.2014 | Politics
Robert F. Darden

Twenty-five years ago, the Berlin Wall fell. Fifty years ago, a small band of freedom fighters in Selma, Alabama, were being attacked on all sides and simply couldn't spare energy to worry about events in Europe... or anywhere else.

WATCH LIVE: A Conversation With Henry Kissinger

Council On Foreign Relations | Posted 11.04.2014 | World

Henry A. Kissinger reflects on his role in the Cold War, as part of the 25th Anniversary of the Fall of the Berlin Wall Symposium. ...

Towns Split By East German Wall Reunited Again

AP | KERSTIN SOPKE | Posted 11.07.2014 | World

BOECKWITZ, Germany (AP) — Friedrich-Wilhelm Lenz was only a toddler when the wall went up that split his family's 75-hectare (185-acre) farm in two ...

When Bruce Springsteen Helped Bring Down the Berlin Wall

Greg Mitchell | Posted 11.04.2014 | Politics
Greg Mitchell

Bruce played one of his very long sets -- 32 songs -- and delivered an impassioned speech in grade school but effective enough German: "I'm not here for any government. I've come to play rock 'n' roll for you in the hope that one day all the barriers will be torn down."

As Berlin Marks Fall of the Wall: The Secret Police Document on Bob Dylan

Greg Mitchell | Posted 10.31.2014 | Politics
Greg Mitchell

Next week, all of Germany -- and the rest of the world, at a distance -- will mark the 25th anniversary of the fall of Berlin Wall in 1989. Much has been written about it and much more to come in the following days. One angle you may not hear much about is the role Western rock 'n' roll played.

As Germans Mark 25 Years Since the Fall of Berlin Wall, a Famous Anthem Takes Center Stage

Greg Mitchell | Posted 12.23.2014 | Politics
Greg Mitchell

In that Christmas season trip to Berlin, Bernstein would famously conduct two performances of Beethoven's Ninth Symphony with an international orchestra and chorus assembled from the four countries that once shared the city -- the U.S., Russia, England and France. And he would change one word, so that the "Ode to Joy" became the "Ode to Freedom."

Poland's Extraordinary Economic Transformation

Barry D. Wood | Posted 12.01.2014 | Business
Barry D. Wood

Poland and Germany -- with a long history of conflict -- are very close partners. Chancellor Angela Merkel was instrumental in elevating Poland's conservative Prime Minister Donald Tusk to becoming the next president of the EU council.

Before the Fall of the Wall

Jim Calio | Posted 12.22.2014 | Travel
Jim Calio

I did the usual summer tour--London, Paris, Amsterdam, and then I ended up in Denmark.

Edge of Eternity: A Talk With Ken Follett

Mark Rubinstein | Posted 11.17.2014 | Books
Mark Rubinstein

"It struck me that the period beginning with the First World War and ending with the fall of the Berlin wall was the period to write about. I realized it needed to be three books, each one based on a different war."

Chain Reaction

Dan Duffy | Posted 11.10.2014 | Impact
Dan Duffy

In the end, many things eventually fade away, both good and bad. When the good fades away, the vacuum is consumed by hate. When the bad fades away, it is consumed by love. I have not given up on love.

The Most Important Trade Show Ever

Stewart Wolpin | Posted 11.09.2014 | Technology
Stewart Wolpin

IFA (Internationale Funkausstellung, or International radio exhibition) is Europe's version of CES, and this week's show marks its 90th anniversary.

War, Remembrance, Five Star Accommodations and Great Flea Markets are Hallmarks of Berlin

Bob Richter | Posted 10.28.2014 | Travel
Bob Richter

The movie won Best Picture that year, and the lavish sets designed by the great Cedric Gibbons perfectly depicted a Five Star hotel in all its grandeur.

The Republic of Writers

John Feffer | Posted 10.26.2014 | World
John Feffer

Hungarian writer Katalin Mezey and I talked about her memories of 1956, her trade union activities, and how the republic of writers has dealt with the issue of collaboration during the Communist years.

A Bubble Generation: The Millennials, Generation X, and Historical Amnesia

Christine Henseler | Posted 10.20.2014 | Impact
Christine Henseler

It is time we recognize the impact that Generation Xers across the globe have had on the Millennials' outlook on life, work, politics, civic engagement, entrepreneurship, activism or culture. Let's not sell our Millennials short. Let's add nuance and perspective to the conversation. Let's burst that bubble, shall we?

The Monday Demonstrations

John Feffer | Posted 09.28.2014 | World
John Feffer

The citizens of Leipzig are very proud of the fact that the East Germany revolution of 1989 began in their city.