Germany Marks 30th Anniversary Of Fall Of Berlin Wall

Germany Marks 30th Anniversary Of Fall Of Berlin Wall

Germany Marks 30th Anniversary Of Fall Of Berlin Wall

"The Berlin Wall, ladies and gentlemen, is history", German Chancellor Angela Merkel said later at a memorial service inside a small chapel near where the Wall once stood.

The momentous event would ultimately bring the communist regime crashing down, leading to German reunification a year later.

But the euphoria for liberal democracy that characterized the event of the time has dissipated a little after three decades, since the western alliance that helped secure those achievements is plagued by divisions.

Speaking on Saturday, President Frank-Walter Steinmeier paid tribute to Germany's neighbours, saying: "Without the courage of the will to freedom of the Poles and Hungarians, the Czechs and Slovaks, the peaceful revolutions in Eastern Europe and Germany's reunification would not have been possible".

There has been a rise in the far-right in many European countries, while the governments of EU countries such as Poland and Hungary have been accused of undermining the rule of law.

Recalling the United States' key role in helping to bring down the hated Wall separating communist East Germany from the capitalist West, Steinmeier said he still hears the late American president Ronald Reagan's cry of "tear down this wall" at the iconic Brandenburg Gate.

The main commemoration is being held at Bernauer Strasse, where one of the last parts of the Berlin Wall that divided the city for 28 years still stands.

"Also in Europe, in their countries and also among European societies, there is a more intense and fierce struggle not only in the future of Europe but also in the interpretation of the past".

30 years after the fall of the Berlin Wall, the U-S sending its secretary of state to Berlin.

And the differences are not just re-emerging between the former east or west blocks.

Pompeo's warning came after French President Emmanuel Macron criticised the transatlantic partnership as experiencing "brain death".

This time, leaders of former Cold War powers will be absent, as Donald Trump's America First policy, Britain's Brexit struggles and Russia's resurgence put a strain on ties.

During a speech on Friday, he warned that "freedom is never guaranteed".

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