Monday, November 10, 2014

Fall of Berlin Wall - 25 years later

In the Interview - Former German Foreign Minister Hans-Dietrich Genscher looks back on the road to German unity. Who threw up barriers? And who helped things along? Germany's former foreign minister recalls the days when Berlin was making world history and assesses what has been achieved since for Germany and Europe.

November 9th 2014 marks the 25th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall - a happy date in German history. But many of the country’s neighbors were against the idea of a reunited Germany back then, worried that it would once again seek to dominate Europe. What role should and can Germany now play in both Europe and the rest of the world?

Berlin has changed considerably since the fall of the Wall. But traces of the 160-kilometer-long border that once divided East and West Berlin can be found at the Brandenburg Gate and the East Side Gallery - and elsewhere, too!