Thirtieth anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall: find our main articles

Thirtieth anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall: find our main articles

To better understand the stakes of the celebrations of the 30th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall, on November 9, 1989, we have collected twelve articles published in "The World" in recent days.

Germany and the European Union are celebrating this weekend the 30th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall on November 9, 1989. In a series of articles and in a supplement to be found on newsstands, "The World" recounts the hopes and upheavals that followed the fall of the "Iron Curtain", the uncertain legacy of reunification of Germany and the consequences of the demise of the Soviet Union.

The enlargement was a geopolitical success for the countries of the Union even if the relations between East and West generate frustrations, rivalries and misunderstandings.

Even if Europe is today in crisis on several subjects, it should not be forgotten that the fall of the Berlin Wall above all signified the end of communism as a totalitarian regime.

The demand for a distinct identity from that of the West is increasingly present in the debates. A majority of East Germans see themselves as second-class citizens, while the far right is advancing.

On the night of November 9-10, 1989, our Special Envoy attended this historic moment in the opening of the crossing points between East Berlin and West Berlin.

Less spectacular than the images of the fall of the wall on November 9, 1989, the blue note given to every citizen of the East by the West German government deeply affected those who received it. Like a ticket to the consumer society.

The Franco-Polish sociologist explains how certain policies in Eastern countries exploit "memory games", at the risk of causing new fractures in Europe.

Even if he had worked to make it possible, Mikhail Gorbachev was taken aback by the fall of the Wall. It ultimately led to his own political downfall, says his former adviser.

The workers' union "discredited the Communist Party" and in its wake millions of Poles demanded freedom and the return of their national identity, said the journalist and former activist.

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