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Fall of Berlin Wall

The Wall

John Feffer | Posted 11.13.2014 | World
John Feffer

For most Americans, the fall of the Berlin Wall remains the iconic image of the changes that took place in East-Central Europe 25 years ago. Just look at how the U.S. media has been covering the anniversary of 1989.

What the Fall of the Berlin Wall Can Teach Us Today

William Inboden | Posted 11.10.2014 | Politics
William Inboden

At the outset of 1989 it appeared that the Berlin Wall was a permanent fixture and the Cold War would continue indefinitely. Less than a year later, the Wall was in pieces and Eastern Europe was free.

Germany Marks 25 Years Since Berlin Wall's Fall

AP | GEIR MOULSON | Posted 11.09.2014 | World

BERLIN (AP) — Germany on Sunday celebrates the 25th anniversary of the night the Berlin Wall fell, a pivotal moment in the collapse of communism and...

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.

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 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 Night the Wall Came Down

Dorian de Wind | Posted 11.05.2014 | World
Dorian de Wind

I personally will never forget the night of Nov. 9, 1989, the night when "the Wall came down." I was living and working in Brussels, Belgium at the time and watched, via live TV, history being made.

Witness of History

Sabine Ludwig | Posted 12.16.2014 | Impact
Sabine Ludwig

Back in time. I just remember exactly the day when the Berlin Wall came down. I studied in Albany, New York, as an exchange student. Me and some German fellow students decided to spend a long weekend in Washington D.C.

Dictator's Widow Brands Regime's Victims 'Criminals'

The Huffington Post | Mark Hanrahan | Posted 04.03.2012 | World

Margot Honecker, the widow of East Germany's communist dictator Erich Honecker, has given a defiant interview in which she defends her late husband an...

Lessons For US Economic Policy From The Fall Of The Berlin Wall

Newsweek | Michael Hirsh | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

The abrupt and miserable end of the socialist experiment--it all happened so fast, with East Germany getting absorbed into West Germany on Oct. 3, 199...

Lessons from the Velvet Revolution

Stephen Zunes | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Stephen Zunes

These movements were largely led by democratic socialists who mobilized workers, church people, intellectuals, and others to face down the tanks with their bare hands.